Australian prime minister seeks Indonesian support for anti-refugee policies - World Socialist Web Site
Australian prime minister seeks Indonesian support for anti-refugee policies
By Patrick O’Connor
9 July 2013
In his first overseas trip since being reinstalled as prime minister on June 27, Kevin Rudd went to Indonesia late last week, to seek Jakarta’s support for harsh new measures to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat. The Labor and Liberal parties are both making the issue central to their 2013 election campaigns as a diversion from their plans for stepped up austerity against the working class at home, and the promotion of war and militarism abroad.