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Australian senator blasts PM over Saudi teenager

Sydney: An Australian opposition politician said on Saturday that her country has been "shown up" by Canada for its acceptance of a Saudi teenager's case for asylum.

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"Australia has been beaten to the punch. Australia has been shown up," said Sarah Hanson-Young, Green Party Senator for South Australia, during a news conference in Sydney on Saturday.

She said it should have been a "no-brainer" and that Australia did not act fast enough in getting Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to the country.

"She (Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun) was given refugee status from the UNHCR, she should've been on a plane here yesterday to Sydney."

The 18-year-old Saudi woman, who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home, left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said.

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Alqunun is flying to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea, according to Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his country had granted her asylum.



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