By MAMAMIA NEWS
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced crucial and significant changes to Australia’s border protection policy.
Under new rules, any person arriving in Australia by boat and seeking asylum will immediately be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.
This means that even if an asylum seeker who attempts to reach Australia by boat, is proven to be a refugee under the UN Convention, they will not be permitted to start a new life in this country.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Rudd and his Immigration Minister Tony Burke and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus today. The Australian Ministers were joined by representatives of the Papua New Guinean Government, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Mr Rudd said:
”As of today asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.”
”Australians have had enough of seeing people drowning in the waters to our north.”
”Our country has had enough of people smugglers exploiting asylum seekers and seeing them drown on the high seas.”