25 Sep 2013

Nauru briefed about Canberra's asylum seeker policy update

7:00 pm on 25 September 2013

The Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison has briefed the Nauru minister for justice, David Adeang, on Canberra's new fast-tracked offshore processing regime.

The newspaper, The Australian, says Mr Morrison has told Mr Adeang about the new arrangements, including the policy to send asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus in Papua New Guinea within 48 hours of interception.

Mr Adeang says Nauru is looking forward to working very closely with Australia.

But a spokesman for PNG's Immigration Department has warned that the arrangement PNG had with the previous Labor government stood, and PNG did not want to see the new government taking any shortcuts.

The spokesman says the understanding is Australia will undertake preliminary health checks, identity verification and the transmission of the asylum seekers' details to PNG authorities in a timely manner before any transfer takes place.