Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy

Australia’s Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison

(Reuters) – Australia’s immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations’ criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations.

“I’m not surprised. They have always opposed our turn back policy, but I will tell you what Australia’s national shame was when it comes to this issue: almost 1,200 people dead at sea,” Morrison said in an interview with Sky News…