First asylum seekers on Manus Island this week

A cargo plane with eqiupment bound for the Manus Island processing centre for asylum seekers. Photo: Department of Immigration and Citizenship

A cargo plane with eqiupment bound for the Manus Island processing centre for asylum seekers. Photo: Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Manus Island is expecting to receive its first asylum seekers by the end of the week under Labor’s latest arrangements to move them out of Christmas Island and resettle them in PNG.

The surge in boat arrivals to Australian waters that sparked resettlement plan is unlikely to be brought under  by the federal election

Immigration Minister Tony Burke said he would not rush to have the refugees moved to Manus Island.

He told Sky News on Monday, “‘I’ve always said they’ll be sent when the health checks are complete,’

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Words: <strong> MAIGAN CLARK
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