PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has stamped out a suggestion by Tasmanian Labor Senator Lin Thorp that Labor's asylum seeker policy could change after the next election.
Senator Thorp said in Hobart yesterday that she did not know anyone who was "completely happy'' with the government's new policy of sending boat arrivals to Naru and denying them any option of resettlement in Australia, and said that ``policies change.''
``I'm sure that any conversation in the party room, in the caucus room, post-election will be robust and will lead to changes in the future,'' she said.
Mr Rudd was asked about Senator Thorp's comments in Cairns today.
``I'm not aware of those remarks at all but what I would say is that our policy is as stated and will not change,'' he said.
Mr Rudd said there had been a 30 per cent reduction in boat arrivals since the new policy was announced last month.