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Australian minister in Sri Lanka as boat crisis deepens

Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent back by Australia queue outside the magistrate's court in the southern port district of Galle on July 8, 2014Australia’s immigration minister arrived in Colombo early Wednesday as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs. Minister Scott Morrison was to join President Mahinda Rajapakse at the formal commissioning of two refurbished boats Australia gifted in November to tackle people smuggling, an official said. “The President and the visiting minister will be at the commissioning of the two boats at the Colombo harbour,” an official of the president’s office said ahead of the ceremony. It comes a day after a boatload of 41 Sri Lankans forced back by Canberra said they were abused, given little food and water and taunted with racial abuse.

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