12 Dec 2009

Christmas Island detention centre full to bursting

8:35 am on 12 December 2009

The Australian government's detention centre on Christmas Island is now so full that tents have been put up for some detainees. Another 63 asylum-seekers landed on the island on Thursday.

The centre has reached its capacity of 1400 regular beds, the ABC reports. The government says five tents that can accommodate up to 160 people are now in place.

More buildings were planned to be ready by the middle of this month, but the government says they won't be ready till late December.

The federal opposition has criticised the government's security measures after the latest boatload arrived undetected, but deputy prime minister Julia Gillard says it is inevitable some asylum-seekers will make it to land that way.