Manus Island MP meets with Australian immigration minister | Pacific Beat

Manus Island MP meets with Australian immigration minister

Manus Island MP meets with Australian immigration minister

Updated 6 December 2012, 20:52 AEST

The Papua New Guinea MP for Manus Island Ronnie Knight says, people on the remote island are starting to see the benefits promised by Australia for allowing the reopening of the asylum seeker detention centre there.

The comments come following a visit to Manus by Australia's minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, who is in PNG to take part in the annual Australia, PNG ministerial talks.

In a statement Mr Bowen says the the first elements of the assistance package for Manus Province was being rolled out with upgrades to roads, education and medical infrastructure.

Mr Knight says some landowners are still unhappy with the deal PNG did with Australia, but he believes the benefits are being welcome by most.

And as he told Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney, he was pleased with his meeting with Chris Bowen.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker:The Provincial MP for Manus Island Ronnie Knight

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