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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 3453

Mr NEUMANN (BlairParliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General) (10:27): On behalf of the Special Minister of State, I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Infrastructure and upgrade works to establish a Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship proposes to develop a new regional processing centre located on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. The project aims to support the government's program to improve the capacity to process claims from irregular maritime arrivals from Australia in response to recommendation nine of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers. The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre is required to provide suitable facilities for the accommodation, health, welfare and processing of irregular maritime arrivals and appropriate accommodation facilities for staff. In its report, the public works committee has recommended that these works proceed subject to parliamentary approval and following a detailed design process. Construction works are planned to commence in mid-2013 with construction to be completed by early 2014. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.