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Australia's PM Tony Abbott has caused yet more controversy by drafting a new code of behaviour that threatens to deport asylum seekers who, amongst other things, spit or swear in public, “irritate” people or spread rumours.

The document was leaked to The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and applies to those arriving by boat.

It states that they must not “irritate” people, “disturb someone”, spit or swear in public, or “spread rumours… or exclude someone from a group or place on purpose”.

“Antisocial means an action that is against the order of society,” the document says. “This may include damaging property, spitting or swearing in public or other actions that other people might find offensive. Disruptive means to cause disorder or to disturb someone or something.”

Mr Abbott has adopted a hard-line refugee policy since his election last September aimed at stemming the flow of boat people who cross from Indonesia.

This latest move has been labelled an abuse of power by critics.

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