VIDEO: Australia plans to offshore handling of refugee review

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A group of Palestinians left Indonesia to seek asylum in Australia at the end of June. They haven't been heard from since and the government says they're not in a government detention facility, pictured. (Photo from ABCau video.)

Australia has a refugee problem. Every year thousands of would-be asylum seekers pay smugglers to ferry them by boats to Australia.

Many die trying to make the illegal journey.

It has been a hugely divisive issue in Australia and Monday Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard endorsed a plan to re-open a controversial detention center on the island nation of Nauru and on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea. Opposition politicians quickly endorsed the proposal, clearing all the hurdles for off-shore processing to begin.

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