30 Apr 2013

Australia plans to move families from PNG detention camp

12:17 pm on 30 April 2013

Australia's opposition says Canberra may soon move asylum seeker families from its detention centre in Papua New Guinea to Australia.

The opposition's immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, says it understands that government has now taken the decision that will see families taken off Manus Island in the course of the next week or so.

He says the opposition found that the Manus facility was not suitable for children.

Mr Morrison says the families may be transferred to the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin after which they could be moved as quickly as possible into community style detention or bridging visas.

Australia ignored calls not to send children to Manus after it re-opened the detention camp last year.