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  1. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australia moves asylum seekers to Nauru

    Posted Sep 14th 2012, 02:35pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Australian officials say they have transported 30 asylum-seekers to a newly opened detention camp on the Pacific atoll of Nauru. It is the first group of asylum seekers to be detained in Nauru under Australia’s new offshore processing policy. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says the Sri Lankan men were flown to Nauru on Friday from a detention facility ...

  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to extend reach of tough refugee policy

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 03:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia on Wednesday moved to extend punitive refugee policies to any asylum-seeker who lands on its mainland, allowing for them to be banished to remote Nauru or Papua New Guinea for detention. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen introduced a proposal to expand the government’s powers to send boatpeople for indefinite detention in the Pacific ...

  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia breached rights of nine-year-old girl

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 03:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... in Australia were cancelled. They were held in Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre until 28 July 2005. “During this time Miss Tuifangaloka witnessed acts of self-harm by other detainees,” ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s human rights body on Wednesday found the government breached the rights of a nine-year-old girl it detained for more than nine months, during ...

  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s refugee rules will not work: Indonesian official

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 12:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s new policies designed to stem an influx of boatpeople will not deter thousands of asylum-seekers from trying to reach the country, a top Indonesian immigration official said on Friday. Australia recently announced it will send asylum-seekers arriving by boat to remote Pacific islands as a means of stopping them from making ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - PENSIONS

    Pension regulator may get more control over fees, fund choices

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... and number of fund choices under the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor Chan Ka-keung said the government would give the Mandatory Provident ... & Young found average fees in many overseas markets were lower, with those in Australia 1.21 per cent, those in the United States 0.83 per cent and those in Chile 0.6 per cent. The authority ...

  6. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Rights group calls on Indonesia, Australia to protect boat children

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 01:40pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called on Indonesia and Australia to take effective measures to protect child asylum-seekers stranded in Indonesia as they make perilous sea voyages to Australia. Hundreds of children, especially unaccompanied ones, from countries including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Myanmar face detention, mistreatment in custody, ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - PENSIONS

    MPF Schemes Authority proposes ways to cut fees

    Posted Nov 27th 2012, 12:00am by Colleen Lee, Enoch Yiu, Gary Cheung, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... returns on their pension-fund investments under proposals put forward by the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority which, if adopted, could see fund management fees cut by as much as HK$1.2 ... amounted to HK$2.7 billion in total. Although the authority said the fee level had already come down from 2.1 per cent in 2008, it was still high compared with Australia's 1.21 per cent, ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    Is now the right time to reform MPF for savers' benefit?

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... than three decades of heated debate that the government launched the Mandatory Provident Funds in 2000. Now, 12 years on, Hongkongers have about HK$400 billion in assets invested ... that the MPF can be reformed to fulfil its original goal of providing for the city's ageing population. But what kind of reforms would make the scheme work? The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes ...

  9. News - Asia - REFUGEES

    Australia denies refugee policy failure

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 02:34pm

    ... and completely forgotten in detention for many years.” The Refugee Council of Australia also voiced “grave concern”. “Our member agencies, already under enormous strain to provide basic support ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia on Thursday denied its policies to combat people-smuggling had failed as a decision to release asylum-seekers into the community with little help ...

  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia faces rush of asylum seekers before crackdown

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:07pm

    ... Australia calls it a “closing-down sale” for people smugglers: Asylum-seekers in rickety boats are reaching its shores in record numbers ahead of a tougher deportation policy starting ... sea voyages from Indonesia to Australia. Australia’s centre-left Labor Party government announced plans this month to deter future arrivals by deporting new asylum seekers who arrive by boat ...




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