24 Jul 2013

Rape claim prompts Australia minister to visit PNG camp

12:47 pm on 24 July 2013

Australia's immigration minister, Tony Burke, says he will visit Papua New Guinea's Manus Island this week to address allegations of rape and other abuse at Canberra's detention centre.

This comes after the former head of occupational health and safety at the centre, Rod St George, said acts of self-harm and attempted suicide were occurring almost daily.

Mr Saint George says despite the advice from him and others, the Immigration Department refused to remove the victims from Manus:

"There was nothing that could be done for these young men who were considered vulnerable, which in many cases is just a euphemism for men who are being raped."

Rod St George, a former senior manager with security firm G-Four-S.