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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2919

Mr GRAY (BrandSpecial Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity) (10:42): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report:

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, at an estimated out-turned cost of $171.7 million. The project aims to support the government program to improve the capacity to process claims from irregular maritime arrivals in Australia in response to recommendation 9 of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

The Manus Island regional processing centre is required to provide a basic standard facility for the accommodation, health, welfare and processing of irregular maritime arrivals and appropriate accommodation facilities for staff. 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.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.