“It has also been true that now for the first time we are seeing the population on Christmas Island start to fall rather than rise. Anybody who thought there was going to be a capacity problem, the numbers now speak for themselves that there will not be. The impact of the policy and the communication of the policy is having the exact impact that we believed it would and we were determined that it would have,” Burke said.
According to the new refugee policy introduced by the Rudd government in July, all the boats carrying asylum seekers will be diverted to Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for processing and resettling. The government of Nauru has also agreed upon providing shelter to genuine refugees.
“There are no detailed arrangements. It has been a bluff from day one to this. At present, [Mr Burke] cannot produce a page that actually goes into detail about how people will be resettled,” Morrison said.