16 Jul 2013

Australia studying UNHCR Manus report

3:08 pm on 16 July 2013

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says his government is working through the United Nations' report, which heavily criticises the Australian-run asylum-seeker processing centre in Papua New Guinea.

At a news conference in Port Moresby with his PNG counterpart, Peter O'Neill, Mr Rudd said both governments are mindful of the report's criticisms as a permanent asylum-seekers' facility is to be built on Manus Island.

Mr Rudd thanked the UN body for its work in the report, adding they will work through those recommendations with parties in Papua New Guinea.

He also said the construction of a permanent facility on Manus will still be going ahead.

The camp re-opened last year when Canberra revived its earlier policy of processing asylum seekers abroad.