Asylum seeker proposal released

THE Federal Government should immediately resettle 5000 south-east Asian asylum seekers to help save lives, a refugee advocate suggested on Monday.

The proposal was part of a five-point plan in a submission by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to an expert panel tasked with finding a solution to the asylum-seeker policy stalemate.

It was among the first publicly released submissions to the panel, which will take its recommendations to the Prime Minister before parliament next sits in August.

ASRC coordinator Pamela Curr recommended the government immediately resettle 100 of 1200 Indonesian refugees and 4000 Malaysian refugees already approved to resettle in Australia.

The submission also recommended Australia's annual refugee intake by increased to 25,000, up from 300 refugees the government has committed to resettle this year.

It also proposed negotiations with Indonesia for Australia to provide the vast majority of resources to help boat people "because we are the more affluent country".

Meanwhile, Border Protection intercepted two more boats in separate incidents late on Sunday afternoon.

Initial department reports said the first boat was carrying about 50 passengers and one crew member when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority attended about 14nautical miles west of Christmas Island.

The second vessel was found about 81 nautical miles north-west of Christmas Island, carrying about 49 passengers.

A third boat detected over the weekend was found about 173 nautical miles north-west of the Cocos Islands, carrying about 27 passengers.

All passengers were to be transferred to Christmas Island for immigration processing.



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