PM accused of ‘outright lie’ after claiming detainees in Melbourne hotel are not refugees

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The Park hotel, where Novak Djokovic was also detained, holds 25 refugees and seven asylum seekers

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Human rights advocates have criticised the prime minister, Scott Morrison, after he wrongly claimed those held in detention in Australia for as long as eight years had not been recognised as refugees.

Australia’s harsh border policies have been thrust into the spotlight since the detention of tennis star Novak Djokovic at the notorious Park hotel in Melbourne, where dozens of asylum seekers and refugees are detained indefinitely.

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