Is Australia's new asylum policy the harshest in its history?

Alison Gerard, Azadeh Dastyari, Kerry Murphy

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinEditorial


Asylum seekers who arrive in Australian waters by boat will no longer have the chance to be settled in Australia under new policies announced by prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Instead, asylum seekers arriving by boat will be held in an expanded facility at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and those who are found to be genuine refugees will be settled in Papua New Guinea (PNG), under an agreement with the PNG government. Announcing the changes, Rudd admitted it is "a very hardline decision". The Conversation spoke to experts for their response to Rudd's announcement.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Guardian Newspaper
PublisherGuardian Media Group
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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