Australian defence personnel are set to begin building temporary accommodation for asylum seekers on Papa New Guinea’s Manus Island as another planeload of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers is processed in Nauru.
Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen told reporters in Canberra four C-130 aircraft departed Australia for PNG today, with 25 ADF personnel on board.
Bowen said the team will work with other personnel already on the island.
The Manus Island processing facility will accommodate around 900 fewer asylum seekers than the 1500 person capacity centre on Nauru but is an integral part of Labor’s version of the Howard-era 'Pacific Solution'.
Another planeload of Tamil asylum seekers touched down on Nauru early this morning, the second since Labor restarted offshore processing.
All came from the Christmas Island detention centre, which has already passed its regular capacity due to a surge in boats this year.