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Manus Island detention centre unsuitable for children: adviser

Manus Island detention centre unsuitable for children: adviser

Updated 21 June 2013, 15:05 AEST

One of the Australian Government's chief advisers on asylum seeker policy, Paris Aristotle, is backing moves to take families out of the detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

A group of 70 people have been flown to permanent detention facilities on Christmas Island and it's believed more will be transferred in the coming days.

Paris Aristotle says children have been detained arbitrarily at the makeshift Manus Island camp where there are no safeguards in place, and that was never the expert panel's intention.

Speaker: Paris Aristotle, a member of the Australian government's expert panel on asylum seekers

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