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PNG Prime Minister says Manus Island to close

It has been announced by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, that Manus Island detention centre will be closing.

This comes after the PNG Supreme Court ruled the facility ‘illegal’.

“Respecting this ruling, Papua New Guinea will immediately ask the Australian government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers,” said Prime Minister O’Neill.

Lawyer Loani Henao, said the “decision is that Australia and PNG are to take steps forthwith not to breach further the constitutional rights of the asylum seekers”, according to SBS.

Currently 850 men are housed on Manus Island, and it is predicted this will thrust border security and asylum seekers into the forefront of political debate, especially during an election campaign

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton insists however, the 850 men “will not be settled in Australia”.

The closing date of Manus Island detention centre is still to be determined.