28 Nov 2012

Salvation Army backs call for improvement at Nauru asylum seeker camp

7:47 pm on 28 November 2012

The Salvation Army has added its voice to calls for improvements to Australia's asylum-seeker camp on Nauru.

The welfare organisation is providing support services at the centre where nearly 400 men are detained, awaiting processing of their claims for refugee status.

Sally Round reports.

"The Salvation Army says it unequivocally supports Amnesty International's report on the camp after the human rights group's visit last week. Amnesty was highly critical of conditions in the camp calling it a recipe for disaster. The Salvation Army says every effort is being made by the Australian and Nauruan governments to move forward plans for more permanent structures. Meanwhile opposition Australian MP Scott Morrison plans to visit the detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island next week. The Coalition Immigration spokesman says it's no surprise the Labour government has been less than competent in getting camps up and running properly, given its decade long opposition to offshore processing first introduced under a coalition government. Mr Morrison says Labour should have read its instruction manual."