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Julia Gillard's asylum seeker plan sinking in face of East Timor opposition

JULIA Gillard last night tried to rescue her rapidly sinking boat people plan when she indicated that the processing centre for Australia-bound asylum seekers could be built in another country if East Timor - her first choice - said no.

Focus on kids in care

AUDITOR-General Mike Blake will conduct an inquiry into how well the government looks after children in state care living away from home and family.

'East Timor solution' still work in progress

ASYLUM seekers face being held in Darwin's hotels and detention centre for years while the Federal Government works on its East Timor solution.

ISP filtering legislation on the way

THE federal government hopes to introduce legislation to enable its controversial internet filter by the end of the year.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the legislation would be this year "sooner rather than later''.

Julia Gillard's gunboat diplomacy

DEPUTY East Timor PM Jose Luis Guterres yesterday indicated his country would be unable to accept Australia's plan to build an asylum-seeker processing centre.

What about us, say asylum hosts

PAULO Freitas spent 16 years in the armed struggle against Indonesia's occupation of East Timor.

He lost his parents and a sibling in the war, and these days scrapes by on the poverty line, looking after a small Dili kiosk owned by his brother.

Fraser backs Dili option

FORMER Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser yesterday hailed Labor's plan to process asylum-seekers in East Timor as a positive move.

However, Howard government foreign minister Alexander Downer predicted it would not get off the ground.

Cabinet loses key elder in John Faulkner

JULIA Gillard will take Labor to the approaching federal election campaign without two of her best cabinet ministers.

Defence Minister John Faulkner announced yesterday he would retire to the back bench.

Preference up to you, say Greens

THE Australian Greens have described Labor's new asylum-seeker policy as a low point in the party's history.

However, they say it won't influence their preference talks.

Gillard to stick with web filter despite disquiet

THE Prime Minister will push ahead with controversial plans for a mandatory internet filter despite acknowledging public concerns that it will interfere with ''legitimate use''.

In Julia Gillard's first comments on the filter since becoming Prime Minister, she told ABC radio in Darwin that the proposal was an effort to control the ''dark side'' of communications technology.

Timor says it's too poor to do Australia's dirty work

JULIA GILLARD'S asylum-seeker proposal is sinking, with East Timor's Deputy Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres, saying his impoverished country is ''very unlikely'' to accept a refugee processing centre.

He revealed East Timor had flatly rejected the idea initially and was only considering it because it had been put formally by Ms Gillard.

Shared babies at risk of anxiety

CHILDREN under four in shared care arrangements with separated parents are doing less well than other children on a range of developmental measures, new research shows.

Infants under two who spend one night a week or more away from their primary carer show significantly more signs of irritability and separation anxiety, are more fretful, tearful and difficult to soothe than other babies, it also shows.

Julia Gillard's asylum seeker plan sinking in face of East Timor opposition

JULIA Gillard last night tried to rescue her rapidly sinking boat people plan when she indicated that the processing centre for Australia-bound asylum seekers could be built in another country if East Timor - her first choice - said no.

Focus on kids in care

AUDITOR-General Mike Blake will conduct an inquiry into how well the government looks after children in state care living away from home and family.


'East Timor solution' still work in progress
ASYLUM seekers face being held in Darwin's hotels and detention centre for years while the Federal Government works on its East Timor solution.

ISP filtering legislation on the way

THE federal government hopes to introduce legislation to enable its controversial internet filter by the end of the year.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the legislation would be this year "sooner rather than later''.

Julia Gillard's gunboat diplomacy

DEPUTY East Timor PM Jose Luis Guterres yesterday indicated his country would be unable to accept Australia's plan to build an asylum-seeker processing centre.

What about us, say asylum hosts

PAULO Freitas spent 16 years in the armed struggle against Indonesia's occupation of East Timor.

He lost his parents and a sibling in the war, and these days scrapes by on the poverty line, looking after a small Dili kiosk owned by his brother.

Fraser backs Dili option

FORMER Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser yesterday hailed Labor's plan to process asylum-seekers in East Timor as a positive move.

However, Howard government foreign minister Alexander Downer predicted it would not get off the ground.

Cabinet loses key elder in John Faulkner

JULIA Gillard will take Labor to the approaching federal election campaign without two of her best cabinet ministers.

Defence Minister John Faulkner announced yesterday he would retire to the back bench.

Preference up to you, say Greens
Australian Greens have described Labor's new asylum-seeker policy as a low point in the party's history.
However, they say it won't influence their preference talks.

Gillard to stick with web filter despite disquiet
THE Prime Minister will push ahead with controversial plans for a mandatory internet filter despite acknowledging public concerns that it will interfere with ''legitimate use''.

In Julia Gillard's first comments on the filter since becoming Prime Minister, she told ABC radio in Darwin that the proposal was an effort to control the ''dark side'' of communications technology.

Timor says it's too poor to do Australia's dirty work
JULIA GILLARD'S asylum-seeker proposal is sinking, with East Timor's Deputy Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres, saying his impoverished country is ''very unlikely'' to accept a refugee processing centre.
He revealed East Timor had flatly rejected the idea initially and was only considering it because it had been put formally by Ms Gillard.

Shared babies at risk of anxiety
CHILDREN under four in shared care arrangements with separated parents are doing less well than other children on a range of developmental measures, new research shows.
Infants under two who spend one night a week or more away from their primary carer show significantly more signs of irritability and separation anxiety, are more fretful, tearful and difficult to soothe than other babies, it also shows.