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Manus Island - state of art medical centre being constructed

Make the comparison, build "state of the art medical centre on Manus Island, but do not provide basic services to remote aboriginal  communities

Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles is just back from his first visit to Manus Island. He says offshore processing for asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat will remain a key part of Labor's future policy. But he wouldn't be drawn on the prospect of a heated debate at this year's ALP national conference. 

Richard Marles spoke to Naomi Woodley about his Manus Island visit.

RICHARD MARLES: The conditions are improving, but what concerns me greatly is that when it comes to the Abbott Government, it has taken tragedies before they've acted.

Right now, for example, the health clinic on Manus is very basic and as a result we saw, last year, the tragic situation of a person pass through that facility, Hamid Kehazaei, who ultimately died of septicaemia. 
Now the circumstances of that have been investigated, but it's not until that has occurred that we see a new medical facility being built, which is unquestionably state of the art, and that's to be opened in the next couple of months. 

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