Kevin Rudd has moved to neutralise the asylum seeker issue by concluding a "Regional Resettlement Agreement" with the Papua New Guinea government to resettle all maritime arrivals assessed as genuine refugees in Papua New Guinea.

They will also be relocated to PNG while they are being assessed, at an expanded facility at Manus Island and at new facilities. Under the Rudd policy, there will be no chance for anyone who arrives by boat henceforth to be resettled in Australia.