1 Aug 2013

Australia's Greens propose new asylum policy

9:03 am on 1 August 2013

The Australian Greens have called for a change in the country's asylum policy.

The party's leader, Christine Milne, says the deterrence has not worked - a reference to Canberra's practice of processing asylum seekers abroad.

Her plan would see Australia's humanitarian intake lifted to 30,000 from its current level of 20,000.

She says her party would close the detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea while also limiting the time asylum seekers can be detained to 30 days.

This comes less than two weeks after Canberra announced that no person arriving by boat and seeking asylum will ever be allowed to enter Australia.