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Nauru responds to a new Australian report on asylum seekers

Australia's Prime Minsiter says asylum seekers could be sent to Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing within a month.

The governments of the two Pacific nations have agreed to reopen asylum seeker processing centres in their countries if the Australian Government can pass legislation to enable it.

Yesterday an expert panel on asylum seekers recommended the Gillard Government resume offshore processing in those countries as part of a suite of measures to try to stop asylum seekers risking their lives at sea attempting dangerous boat journeys to Australia.

The President of Nauru says the deal is contingent on the Australian Government passing legislation in Parliament to enable offshore processing of asylum seekers, a move that could happen by the end of the week.

Canberra Correspondent Stephanie March reports.

Presenter:Stephanie March

Speaker: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Nauru's foreign minister Kieren Keke

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