Thursday, August 16, 2012

Protests over Australian army plan to build tent cities on Pacific islands to house influx of asylum seekers

Two vast tent cities are to be set up on Pacific islands to house the hundreds of asylum seekers expected to make their way to Australia in coming weeks.

The decision to call in the troops to set up the canvas homes on Manus island, off Papua New Guinea, and on Nauru island in the Pacific came as the Australian parliament agreed today to stop boat people reaching the nation’s shores on ill-equipped boats.

Parliament approved laws to bring into play off-shore processing of asylum seekers – and the legislation is expected to be passed by the Senate on Thursday.

The tents will house the asylum seekers until disused detention centres on the two islands, abandoned in 2008, can be refurbished. Read More