Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has flown to Papua New Guinea for talks with some of the country’s senior government ministers about conditions on Manus Island.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office confirmed Mr Morrison is meeting with the country’s Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Patoo, and Attorney-General, Kerenga Kua, on the management of the Manus Island detention centre.

Mr Morrison was not contactable on Friday afternoon.

The meeting comes nearly a week after a riot in the Manus Island detention centre led to the death of an asylum-seeker and injuries to several others.

Mr Berati, 23, was killed and 62 other asylum seekers were injured in violent scenes at the Australian-run immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island last Monday.

On Friday, the federal government signed a new memorandum of understanding with the NT police to manage disturbances.

The MOU sets out the responsibilities of NT police in assisting with security and incident management at the territory’s four centres.

A former arrangement with the Liberal National Party government has also been extended which will see an additional $48 million handed over by Canberra to meet the costs of running the detention facilities and related services in the Top End.

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison signed the MOU.

Later he joined Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Larrakeyah Barracks defence base in Darwin to thank navy and other personnel involved in the government’s controversial Operation Sovereign Borders operation.

Mr Abbott told service personnel they were performing brilliantly in extremely difficult circumstances.

“This has been a difficult and dangerous job, but it’s been carried out with great professionalism and skill by our Naval, Customs, Army and Air Force personnel,” he said after mingling with OSB staff at a lunch in the Junior Officers’ Mess.

“All of them have been operating together very effectively to give us the quite extraordinary result of 71 days now without a successful illegal people smuggling operation to Australia.”

“So, from the Government to the Border Protection personnel, an enormous thank you; and from the people of Australia to our Border Protection personnel, a big salute – an extraordinary job being very professionally carried out right now.”

Mr Morrison said the task of stopping the boats remained significant and while ultimately it was hoped that detention facilities holding some 30,000 people nationwide could be closed, the Territory would continue to play a role.

“Now, we are reviewing all of those centres that are here in Darwin but that commitment through that MOU, I think, indicates very strongly that there will continue to be a detention footprint here in Darwin,” he said.

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