Prime Minister Tony Abbott is scheduled to meet with a senior Indonesian official in Canberra today as the dispute over accepting boat people rescued at sea steps up a notch.
The Jakarta Post reported this morning:
The paper’s report said that neither Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Sujanto nor Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison claimed to be aware of the “people swap” deal.
The Melbourne Age in a front page report quotes Ms Anwar as not backing down on her claim despite denials by Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Abbott. Ms Anwar said the proposal had come from the Australian embassy in Jakarta via a fax written in Bahasa.