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Government confirms $20 million immigration jail being built on PNG

The Federal government has today confirmed it is spending $20 million building a new immigration jail in Papua New Guinea to open by the end of next year.

"The Australian government is spending millions of dollars on new offshore jails, all the while claiming that their policies are working," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

"This is on top of the $4 billion plus the government has confirmed has been spent on Manus Island and Nauru in the last three years."

"The detainees will be held behind two wire fences at the new jail and will have no freedom of movement."

"We also learned today that there is no date of closure for the existing centre on Manus Island, confirming that Minister Dutton has no clue what to do next."

"The most humane, and for that matter the cheapest solution to the government's impasse on Manus Island is to bring the people to Australia."

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