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January 24, 2020
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Manus Asylum Boss: Best Interest of Locals

The Australian government has spent over K300 million so far on the Manus Resettlement Processing Center.

In an information conference today, Head of the Offshore Detention and Returns Task Group in the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Ken Douglas, said all is done in the best interest of the locals.


Mr. Douglas is in charge of the offshore Detention and Returns Task Group in the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


He told media this morning that locals and local contractors are benefiting greatly from the resettlement processing centre.


He however refrained from commenting on the UNHCR reports that describe the centre as unfit for human inhabitation. He was also tight lipped about the number of people living in the centre.


The recent fact sheet released in November last year stated that, over K300 million worth of projects are already underway.


Apart from the local contractors and improved salaries for PNG citizen employees, construction work on East Lorengau has commenced, worth approximately K303 million.


Work is also underway to expand and upgrade the Lombrum resettlement processing centre. In the meantime, the Australian government is gradually rolling out education, health, infrastructure and social programs in the local communities.


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