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stomach. Abouts of steel.

It seems hardly a day goes by

without reports of more asylum

seekers heading our way. The debate

over what to do with them has

divided the Parliament and the

nation. Accommodating them here is

becoming a problem. Tom Steinfort

reports on a possible solution.

Over the last year, an asylum

seeker has arrived in Australia by

boat at one per hour of every day.

And then, there have been the

tragedies of those that didn't make

it at all. Two boat loads of asylum

seekers have been intercepted with

102 people onboard. Drastic action

needs to be taken. At attention --

detention centres aren't coping.

There are now 217 suburbs and towns

across Australia housing asylum

seekers in hotels and family homes.

The Government continues to go from

bungle to bungle. While this crisis

unfolds, there's one detention

centre lying empty and is being

ignored. These buildings were

custom-made and now there are no

people here. It's the island nation

of Naru. It lived up to its name as

the Pacific Solution when Australia

faced a boat crisis nearly a decade

ago. Now, it's ready to help again.

Just give the signals and locals

will be up. They know how it was

and was and want to do it again.

The Government said last December

that they were happy to reopen Naru.

If they had done what they said

then, it would be open now. Instead,

over the last year we've seen

protests from detainees at

locations like Villawood Detention

Centre and out at Christmas Island.

The facilities are at breaking

point. So much so, the Government

has taken the decision to house

asylum seekers within communities

across the country. The exact

locations are closely guarded. We

can reveal the hundreds of

neighbourhoods being used to house

asylum seekers as our detention

centres overflow. There are 52

places like: different locations in Queensland

The number of people that have come,

has crashed our detention network T

went up in flames. And in response

to that, the Government's answer

was not to get stronger border

protection policies but to let

everybody out. Scott Morrison says

the majority of those being housed

in community detention is having

their applications for refugee

status processed and many others

have been rejected but are waiting

on the appeals process. We have a

situation that people smugglers can

say to those prepared to get on the

boats that, you can be in Australia,

living in somebody's home, with

work rights, and you don't have to

have proved yourself to be a

refugee. Now, if that's not a

bumper package, I don't know what

it is. The number of asylum seekers

arriving by boat is at an all-time

high. In the late '90s we averaged

serve rale hundreds of arrivals per

year. To say that Naru is in the

middle of nowhere is an

understatement. The closest point

of reference is only 40 km that way.

The island is half way to Haugh I

wouldy. The country itself is tiny.

It's the second least populated in

the world behind only the Vatican

City. Look at this map comparison,

the state of Tasmania and the

island of Naru. This would fit

inside that more than 3,000 times over.

These are first pictures of Naru

since it's been raised again as an

option to house asylum seekers. Is

this the first place that they are

most likely to turn back into a

detention centre? Probably, yes.

This was the site when it was

operational and the chief of

operations is happy to show off the

operation to us. We have air-

conditioning, a bunker bed, a

double bed and cupboards for the

clothes. At its peak, the island

was home to 1300 detainees. Many of

the buildings are empty and

collecting dust. The majority of

the facilities which were custom-

made are currently being used for

classrooms for children on the

island. If Naru is asked to host

the centre again, we are more than

willing. The Australian Government

has held talks and the nation is

ready to go at a moment's notice.

When the detention centre first

opened here, all media were banned

and now you have welcomed us in.

Are you trying to show that you are

ready and capable? There's mistakes

in trying to hide things. This is

what we can do, this is what we

can't do, be realistic about the

scenario that you may be looking at.

I think that enables people to make

a better judgement. Off-tho shore

processing has raise the human

rights. The option has a unique

bonus. They aren't locked up. They

are free to roam the island during

daylight hours, allowed to set up

businesses, eat at local

restaurants. It's a bit of a

running joke that it serves to keep

the locals out than the detainees

in. Asylum seekers were provided

with electricity, internet and

that's something here that the

community here could only envy.

They were given everything when

they were here. The locals had to

be placed second. We are opposed to

off-shore processing. Andrew claims

to have proof that off-shore

process something harmful. People

detained for a long time in remote

places suffer from poor mental

rights. health. It's a violation of human

The Government is happy to support

Naru only in conjunction with the

Malaysia solution. Looking at these

facilities here, they're ready. A

couple of things to patch up and

it's ready to go. And in our

Are asking: Facebook poll tonight