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Temporary visa bill from opposition

LEGISLATION to reintroduce temporary protection visas will be tabled this week in the Federal Parliament by the opposition, which is seeking to put its stamp on Labor's flagging asylum seeker policy.

The opposition spokesman on immigration, Scott Morrison, pictured, announced on Saturday that he would try to introduce a private members' bill into the House of Representatives when the Parliament returned on Monday as an urgent measure to ''regain control of Australia's borders'' from people trying to enter the country by boat to secure permanent residency.

Under the proposal to restore Howard government-era policies, visas would be valid for up to three years, or until it was safe for people to return to their home country.

Family reunion rights would be denied and visa holders would not be able to return to Australia if they left the country for any reason.