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Rudd brings up asylum issue

FIRST BLOOD:The Australian opposition slammed the new prime minister’s behavior as ‘utterly outrageous’ after he said they are risking a diplomatic conflict with Indonesia

AFP, SYDNEY

“Whoever wins the next election, please, let’s just have the civility to open this to a conscience vote for all,” Rudd said.

If Abbott refused, Rudd said there were other options, including a referendum or plebiscite putting the question directly to the Australian public for a vote, because “I would just prefer to have this thing resolved.”

“I would like to see this done, and the reason I want to see it done is frankly it causes so many people such unnecessary angst out in Australia, in the gay and lesbian community,” Rudd said.

“It just should not be the case,” he added.

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