Australia looks to PNG to fight 'people smuggling scourge' | Asia Pacific

Australia looks to PNG to fight 'people smuggling scourge'

Australia looks to PNG to fight 'people smuggling scourge'

Updated 19 July 2013, 22:39 AEST

Australia's prime minister Kevin Rudd has unveiled a new tough line policy on asylum seekers.

In a joint news conference with Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill, Mr Rudd said asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees.

Mr Rudd also confirmed a deal that will see asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment, and if found to be refugees, they would be settled there.

PM Rudd admits it's a 'hard-line decision', but that the government's responsibility was to ensure Australia has a 'robust system of border security'.

Speaker: Kevin Rudd, prime minister of Australia

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Text/SMS
Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Tweets
Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email
Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.