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Xenophon deported from Malaysia as 'security risk'

INDEPENDENT Senator Nick Xenophon has called on the Australian Government to help Malaysia improve its election processes, after he was deported from the Asian nation yesterday.

Senator Xenophon was on an unofficial parliamentary delegation to Malaysia to look at the election process in the country, when he was detained at the airport overnight and deported.

His deportation comes after he was critical last year of the electoral process in Malaysia, despite scheduled meetings with senior government ministers in the country.

He said he was deported as he was listed as a "security risk", but said the deportation only reflected badly on the Malaysian Government.

But he said the deportation would not affect Australia's relationship with the nation.

Senator Xenophon said Malaysian authorities had been courteous, but said there remained flaws in the country's electoral system, alleging widespread gerrymandering and electoral fraud.

"The circumstances of this relate to my advocacy of pro-democracy movement in Malaysia," he said.

"The Australian Government could and should do more, particularly through the Commonwealth of which we are a member."

Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr said on Saturday he was seeking an explanation from the Malaysian Government regarding the detention and deportation of Senator Xenophon.

Topics:  bob carr, deportation, malaysia, nick xenophon



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