Asylum seekers delivered to Australian mainland
AFTER weeks at sea, a group of 18 asylum seekers have arrived at Curtin Immigration Detention Centre, south of Derby, Western Australia.
The group, who were part of 157 asylum seekers detained at sea for weeks on the Customs ship Ocean Protector, arrived at the detention centre about 7pm on Sunday night, according to a Curtin spokesman.
More asylum seekers are expected to arrive at Curtin today after the group of 157 landed yesterday on Cocos Island at the weekend. They were transferred to shore in small boats and taken to the quarantine centre. The customs vessel had been moored offshore.
The Refugee Action Coalition said the asylum seekers were seen disembarking at 2pm on Sunday. They were headed to the island's airport from where they were due to be flown to Curtin detention centre in Western Australia.
"There's no schedule, but given the lack of facilities on Cocos Island, they will probably try and get them on a plane soon - not everybody by today, but most," said spokesman Ian Rintoul, of the Refugee Action Coalition.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Monday morning that the asylum seekers had reached Curtin detention centre after the federal government initially refused to comment on the Tamils' movements.