'Kevin Rudd has made boat people Queensland's problem'

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has warned of a new flood of illegal migration from Papua New Guinea in the wake of Kevin Rudd's agreement with the country to send asylum seekers arriving by boat there.

The Prime Minister on Friday announced a new hardline policy on asylum seekers, saying people who arrive by boat will have no chance of resettlement in Australia, and would instead be settled in PNG.

Premier Campbell Newman said people could "row across in a tinnie or a canoe" from PNG into Queensland, sparking a new wave of immigration through the Torres Strait.

"What Kevin Rudd has done is take Australia's problem and make it Queensland's problem," he said.

"The Torres Strait is a porous border right now, porous in that many, many people come across the strait from PNG in Queensland each year.

"It's only four kilometres from PNG on to the soil of Queensland. What Kevin Rudd is doing is creating a launching pad for a wave of additional ongoing immigration from PNG into Queensland, either legal or illegal."

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