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Liberals' Pacific Solution too expensive, says PM

Kevin Rudd has dismissed as "very expensive" a coalition plan to reinstate the so-called Pacific Solution for processing asylum seekers.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced on Thursday a coalition government would negotiate with other countries to process offshore the claims of asylum seekers, a move the coalition says will stem a "tsunami" of unauthorised boat arrivals.

The previous Howard government used Nauru and Manus Island for what Mr Rudd described as a stopover for six to 12 months before 70 per cent of asylum seekers were accepted to Australia.