PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Australia will send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia.
Speaking in Canberra this afternoon, the Prime Minister hopes the new deal between Malaysia and Australia will deter would-be boat people sailing to our shores.
"If anyone comes here, they risk being sent to Malaysia and going to the back of the queue," Ms Gillard said.
"In return, we want to assist Malaysia by taking 4000 (of their) refugees over four years. For every refugee we send there we will take five."
She said genuine refugees had nothing to fear from the new arrangements.
Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said that they were close to signing a bilateral agreement which would see 800 people who tried to get to Australia by boat taken immediately to Malaysia instead.
In return, Australia will take 4000 genuine refugees from Malaysia over four years
Is she only doing this because her personal approval rating is at it's lowest?