“We don't want to develop a reputation of having a two-tier immigration system – one tier for legal, law-abiding immigrants who patiently wait to come to the country, and a second tier who seek to come through the back door, typically through the asylum system. We need to do a much better job of shutting the back door of immigration for those who seek to abuse that asylum system.”

Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney read from the same script as the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as he welcomed 76 men believed to be from Sri Lanka who arrived on a rusty boat off Canada's West Coast. Mr Kenney is as determined as his Australian counterparts to battle the perception that his country is a soft touch for asylum seekers.