THE Pacific Solution emerged as a policy of the Australian government under prime minister John Howard’s regime.
The policy aims at transporting asylum seekers to detention centres in small independent states within the Pacific region rather than allowing them to settle in mainland Australia.
When the policy was first introduced in 2001, it had bipartisan support from both the Liberal-National government and Labor opposition of the time.
The Australian government has a big problem on its hands with the influx of boats carrying people from different ethnic backgrounds who seek asylum in Australia.
Some asylum seekers are genuine, while others are searching for a better life. The Australian government needed to find an avenue to deal with the influx and accordingly introduced the Pacific Solution.