8 Jun 2011

Australia opposition leader to visit Nauru amid asylum policy tiff

1:35 pm on 8 June 2011

Australia's opposition leader, Tony Abbott, will visit Nauru tomorrow as part of an effort to re-open the island's detention centre to process Australia's asylumseekers.

The Australian government has been in talks with Malaysia in a bid to find places abroad to deal with people seeking asylum in Australia.

Mr Abbott has challenged the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to make a similar trip to Malaysia to get the same guarantees Nauru can offer that boat people will not be mistreated.

Papua New Guinea has stalled on considering Australia's request as it tries to secure an aid package with any deal, which could include reopening the Manus Island camp.

Nauru and PNG housed Australian-run camps after a Norwegian tanker in 2001 dropped off boat people on Australia's Christmas Island.