17 Aug 2011

Australian Senate enquires into asylum seekers deal

9:39 pm on 17 August 2011

The Australian Senate has set up an inquiry to examine the government's asylum-seeker deal with Malaysia.

The inquiry will look at whether the agreement is consistent with Australia's international obligations and human rights standards.

It will also examine how the deal will work and its financial cost, the ABC reports.

The Opposition's border protection plan will also be considered by the inquiry.

The Malaysian asylum-seeker deal is currently on hold because of a High Court challenge.

The federal government had planned to transfer 1,000 asylum seekers from Christmas Island to Malaysia, where their applications to stay in Australia would be processed.