Australia's rivals in asylum pledges
6 September 2013 Last updated at 04:08 BST
There are less than 24 hours to go before Australians start voting for their next leader.
A number of issues divide the two rival parties, but both the Labor government and the opposition Liberal-National coalition have pledged tough measures to stop the flow of asylum seeker boats.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott said he would appoint a military commander to lead operations to tackle people smugglers and asylum boats.
Kevin Rudd unveiled a plan last month to send boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea, where those found to be genuine refugees would be resettled.
Yalda Hakim reports.