3 Oct 2012

Australian immigration minister checks out Nauru camp

6:05 pm on 3 October 2012

The Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen has flown to Nauru to inspect the Australian processing centre and discuss processing matters for the asylum seekers.

Australia re-opened the camp last month, four years after Canberra had ended its practice of processing asylum seekers abroad.

On arrival, Mr Bowen was met by Nauru's President, Sprent Dabwido, who told him that they hope they can progress what needs to be progressed.

Mr Bowen acknowledged that setting up the processing centre has put some strain on some systems.

Australia has also signed a deal with Papua New Guinea to resume process asylum seekers there.