About 1500 asylum seekers bound for PNG

CLOSE to 1500 asylum seekers have arrived aboard 18 boats since the Rudd government announced its tough new border policy to resettle them in Papua New Guinea.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare detailed the latest boat arrival on Wednesday.

HMAS Maryborough helped 102 passengers and two crew members aboard a suspected asylum seeker boat north of Christmas Island on Tuesday.

They have been transferred to Christmas Island for health checks.

The federal government announced on July 19 plans to process asylum seekers and resettle refugees in Papua New Guinea.

A spokesman for Mr Clare confirmed that so far 1452 asylum seekers would be subject to the new
Asylum Seekers. Getty Images

The first group of asylum seekers was expected to arrive on Manus Island on Wednesday but that was delayed because of bad weather.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration refused to provide further details on when the trip would be rescheduled.


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