15 Aug 2012

Senate expected to approve aslyum bill

9:54 pm on 15 August 2012

Australia's lower house of Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill allowing asylum-seekers to be sent to offshore detention centres for processing.

The bill will go to the Senate for approval, where it is expected to pass on Thursday,

Under the legislation, asylum-seekers would have their claims processed at camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, the ABC reports.

Wednesday's vote came after an expert panel recommended reopening the centres as part of 22 measures to end Australia's asylum seeker stand-off.

The camps were closed four years ago by former prime minister Kevin Rudd

Meanwhile, authorities are preparing to process another 200 asylum-seekers picked up since Monday.