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    New Australia asylum policy divides refugees

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    Australia's conservatives led by Tony Abbott are maintaining an election-winning lead over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a poll showed Monday, after a first leaders' debate was widely called a draw.

    Both men are promising to take a hard line against asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports.