Australia Minister Slammed Over Indonesia Asylum Remarks

Australia’s deputy prime minister was slammed as “ignorant” Thursday after suggesting that Jakarta deliberately sent asylum-seeker boats as payback for Canberra halting live cattle exports to Indonesia.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers stay on their boat moored at Merak seaport in Serang District on Indonesia's Java island, on October 22, 2009, after they were stopped by Indonesian authorities on their way to Australia. Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on October 22 angrily denied extremists were among hundreds of …