Shorten faces asylum seeker debate

Bill Shorten faces tough questions as asylum policies debated at ALP national conference

ABC News – 25 July 2015

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today face the most torrid day of the ALP national conference.

Mr Shorten has revealed details of his policy to support turning back asylum seeker boats along with a plan to double the refugee intake to 27,000 people a year and significantly improve conditions for detainees on Nauru and Manus Island.

But there is intense opposition to turn-backs from within sections of the Labor Party. Many say it is impossible for Australia to turn back boats and still comply with its international obligations.

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