25 Jul 2013

Australian Immigration Minister flies in to Manus

1:30 pm on 25 July 2013

Australia's Immigration Minister, Tony Burke, has flown to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to inspect the Australian facility for processing asylum seekers.

This follows new allegations of daily sexual assaults experienced by some of the asylum seekers at the camp.

Furthermore, the former head of occupational health and safety at the facility, Rod St George, alleges that attempted suicides have been a regular occurrence on Manus.

Mr Burke is expected to seek more information about these claims, which have been questioned by local officials.

The minister is also to meet the Manus Governor, Charlie Benjamin, and other officials to discuss plans to expand the facility in light of the new asylum seeker arrangement between PNG and Australia.

Under this arrangement, all boat people arriving in Australia and found to be refugees will be resettled in PNG.