17 Oct 2012

Manus governor unhappy over PNG/Australia camp deals

6:47 pm on 17 October 2012

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is angry the province seems to have been forgotten in deals for the Australian asylum seeker camp on the island.

Charlie Benjamin says commitments had been made on aid and contracts but there has been no follow-through.

He says the camp, due to open next week, is probably not in jeopardy because the national government has the final say.

Mr Benjamin says the contracts his administration had lined up have been sidestepped.

"We were never given the opportunity because these Australian companies that are going on joint ventures with us also have the same capability as the probably others they have now appointed."

Charlie Benjamin, the Governor of Papua New Guinea's Manus Island