5 Mar 2014

Parliamentary probe into Manus violence

11:26 pm on 5 March 2014

Asylum seekers at the Australian detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will be invited to give their accounts of recent violence which left one asylum seeker dead as part of a parliamentary inquiry.

Fairfax media reports that the Green Party has managed to convince the Labor Party to back the senate inquiry, which will be dominated by non-government MPs, and chaired by Greens senator Penny Wright.

Under its terms of reference, the inquiry will also review the conduct of the Immigration minister, Scott Morrison, "before, during, and after the incident."

Witnesses will be covered by parliamentary privilege to speak openly, and contractors and public servants won't be bound by confidentiality terms in employment contracts.

The inquiry will take evidence in April, after a government inquiry has concluded.