7 Apr 2009

Australia's so-called Pacific Solution still exists says advocate

7:43 am on 7 April 2009

An advocate for asylum seekers says a fragment of Australia's so-called Pacific Solution still exists despite the closure of the detention centre on Nauru.

The facilities were shut down last year, seven years after Australia launched its policy of screening asylum-seekers offshore.

But Kate Durham says a part of the policy remains with the detention centre on Christmas Island.

"So it is processing people there who arrive in an unauthorised fashion. But to date the government has kept to its word and processed them quickly and those people as I understand have been resettled. I don't think anyone's been deported it that, from Afghanistan at least from there."

Kate Durham says she does acknowledge some improvements in the rights given to asylum seekers detained by Australia.