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(From Agence France Presse)
Australia's government accused opposition parties Tuesday of reopening the doors to people-smuggling after they blocked a bid to make it even more difficult for would-be asylum seekers to land in Australia.
Minor parties and independents combined with Labor in the upper house Senate to overturn a government regulation introduced on November 4 following the arrival of a boat carrying 14 illegal immigrants at Melville Island, north of Darwin.
It was only the second boat carrying suspected asylum seekers to attempt a landing on Australian territory since the government introduced tough new measures to stop them in the …