KEVIN Rudd could be forced to bring asylum-seekers to the mainland for processing within weeks after the arrival of another boat took Christmas Island close to capacity.
The second boat in 12 hours, this time carrying 30 passengers, was confirmed today by the Rudd government.
The earlier boat - the first of 2010 - was intercepted off Christmas Island with 76 asylum-seekers on board.
While capacity on Christmas Island is about 1700, there are currently 1400 asylum-seekers on the island awaiting processing of their claims and a further 100 who have arrived in the past 24 hours. Source