27 Aug 2012

Nauru and Manus Island plan gets overwhelming support in Australia

12:16 pm on 27 August 2012

An opinion poll in Australia shows overwhelming support for the Australian government's plan to send asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the latest Herald Nielsen poll shows 67 percent of voters support the plan to process asylum-seekers offshore.

Canberra has passed legislation to revisit the policy of offshore refugee processing using existing detention facilities in PNG's Manus province and Nauru.

The Nauru centre could be open within weeks as Australia's government looks to stem ongoing arrivals of boats carrying asylum seekers trying to reach the mainland.

PNG's government says it sees reopening Manus as an humanitarian response to a major loss of life, with over 600 deaths at sea in the last three years among asylum seekers trying to reach Australia.