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FPrime Minister Kevin Rudd says asylum seekers who arrive by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees.
Mr Rudd has confirmed a deal that will see asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment, and if they are found to be refugees, they will be resettled there.
The package includes a significant expansion of the Manus Island detention centre to house 3,000 people up from the original capacity of 600.
Currently, about 145 people are housed on the island.
Human rights advocate David Manne says he is surprised by Mr Rudd's hardline stance.
"I am surprised on a number of fronts, first and foremost because Australia, having signed up to the Refugees' Convention in 1954 committed to protecting people who come to its shores, not exposing them to further risks elsewhere," he said.
The Nauru detention centre descended into chaos on Friday night with riots breaking out and reports a policeman had been stabbed and was being held hostage.
There were also reports of multiple explosions and parts of the centre being set on fire.
Between 150 and 200 detainees were involved in the rioting and many have breached the fence, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Another source said there was considerable anger in the Nauru government and among immigration officials no warning was given ahead of Mr Rudd's announcement asylum seekers would "never" be settled in Australia.
Food stocks are also believed to have been destroyed at the camp.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Legion2024
Indeed... I'd followed that from a distance as it crops in in Media for Australia occasionally. Is the forced resettlement of new arrivals a long running issue and debate? That is what has struck me as something new?
Originally posted by AlphaHawk
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
It's a move to win votes, nothing more.
Australians welcome immigrants, the nation was built on immigration.
We just don't like the illegal immigrants.