TASMANIAN Labor Senator Lin Thorp has spoken out against her party's asylum seeker policies, saying the policy could change if Labor wins the September 7 election.
Speaking in Hobart yesterday, Senator Thorp said she did not know anyone who was "completely happy" with the offshore processing and resettlement policy announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last month.
"I am not comfortable with women and children drowning at sea," she said.
"Our hope is that by this policy people stop coming, and then hopefully we won't have to be in this situation."
Senator Thorp said she hoped Australia could establish an effective regional solution, as outlined in the Bali Process.
"If they have a safe, humane place to go where their application for refugee status can be done properly and efficiently, then I don't think that the solutions like Naru and PNG would need to be done into the future."
Senator Thorp acknowledged that was not the Labor Party's current policy, but said "policies change".
"I'm sure that any conversations in the party room, in the caucus room, post- election will be robust, and will lead to changes in the future."
Senator Thorp also spoke against children being in detention.
Most of the 356 people held at Pontville detention centre are unaccompanied minors, including the 81 who arrived on Sunday.
The Immigration Department was unable to say if eight boys identified by Immigration Minister Tony Burke as having been held in detention for more than 150 days had been released into community detention.