Labor calls on Government to come clean on "people swap" deal

Labor calls on Government to come clean on "people swap" deal

Federal Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles is calling on the Abbott Government to “come clean” on a reported asylum seeker deal with Indonesia.

Indonesia has today moved to distance itself from claims that a people swap deal between it and Australia is on the cards,  after an advisor to the Indonesian government claimed negotiations for a deal were underway.

But Indonesia says the advisor who was interviewed is not the person in charge of the issue.

Mr Marles says the problem with the new government is the level of secrecy in the way it operates, in relation to asylum seeker policy.

He says Australian should be learning about developments in asylum seeker policy from the Australian government, rather than hearing speculation from Indonesia.

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