PNG asylum deal devastating: Greens

11:11am July 20, 2013
July 19, 2013: As of tonight, any asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be banned from ever living here.

Warm-hearted Australians would be "devastatingly disappointed" with Labor's solution to boat people, Greens immigration spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says.

"Warm-hearted Australians and Labor voters will be devastatingly disappointed because this deal is about cruelty to refugees, not about caring for them," she said in Melbourne on Saturday.

"It is a rush to cruelty as Kevin Rudd rushes to the polls."

She called for the government to release the full costings of the deal with Papua New Guinea and any legal advice it has received in relation to the arrangement.

"We are only possibly weeks away from polling day ... and it's important that the government is absolutely transparent with the Australian people about how much this deal is costing," she said.

Despite the Greens' senator describing the ALP's new approach to asylum seekers as more cruel and harsh than previous prime minister John Howard's policy, she would not rule out the Greens making a deal with Labor for leadership in the future.

July 19, 2013: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces a new regional framework for processing asylum seekers, alongside Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

"It is a total hypothetical question, what I can say is the Greens will never support this policy," she said.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. (AAP)
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. (AAP)
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