Australia resolute on asylum policy, says PM Rudd
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday said he made "absolutely no apology" for his hardline new policy on asylum-seekers under which they are sent to Papua New Guinea.
Under the directive, those who pay people-smugglers to arrive on unauthorised boats will be sent to the poor Pacific nation for processing and resettled there even if found to be genuine refugees.
"On the question of asylum-seekers... we've had to adjust our policy over time and I make absolutely no apology whatsoever for our current policy settings because the world around us has changed," Mr Rudd told Channel Ten.
Mr Rudd, who was last month reinstalled as prime minister by his Labor colleagues to help turn around dire polls in an election year, had previously softened some of the former conservative government's policies.