JULIA Gillard has tonight confirmed the Government wants to put an asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island following secret negotiations.
The Prime Minister said her newly appointed counterpart in PNG, Peter O’Neill, had given the matter “prompt consideration".
Talks will start “in the very near future” between officials from both countries to finalise a deal on how the centre would be run.
The PM's comments came as the latest boatload of asylum seekers arrived at Christmas Island, doubling the number of asylum seekers awaiting deportation to Malaysia.
The Government had been seeking a deal for months but were prevented from reaching one by political instability