The National, Wednesday 19th September 2012
AN AUSTRALIAN Defence team is understood to be starting work on the Manus detention centre.
Australia’s immigration minister Chris Bowen told reporters in Canberra that four C-130 aircraft departed Australia for PNG with 25 personnel on board.
The team will work with other personnel already on the island.
The move came as the minister confirmed a second group of Sri Lankan men had landed in Nauru for processing.
The transfer of the 36 men, who all arrived in Australian waters after Aug 13 when the government announced its intention to pursue offshore processing, had gone smoothly.
Future transfers would include a “broad cross section” of people, including families and groups with special needs such as children, and would occur regularly.
Nauru has agreed to host women and children.
The move comes as Manus islanders held media conferences to put a hefty price for allowing Lobrum naval base to be used to process asylum seekers in Australia.