31 Jul 2013

Australia opposition defends joining Toll's Nauru trip

6:37 pm on 31 July 2013

Australia's opposition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, has defended visiting Nauru this week on a trip funded by a logistics company.

His flight was paid for by Toll Group, which has multi-million dollar contracts to upgrade Australia's processing centre on Nauru.

The deputy prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said it was extraordinary that Toll had paid for Mr Morrison's trip.

But Mr Morrison says his party is in opposition, not in government, and Toll Holdings were going to Nauru for the ordinary course of business anyway.

He says it is not the first time they have had privately funded trips to Nauru.