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Nauru abuse report ‘concerning’

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the content of a review into allegations of abuse against asylum seekers on Nauru is “very concerning”.

The review, released on Friday, has uncovered several dozen cases with guards possibly trading drugs for “sexual favours” on the Pacific island nation.

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The 86-page report detailed allegations of indecent and physical assault, as well as sexual harassment, at the offshore processing centre.

Mr Cormann would not be drawn on whether more media access should be allowed on the island in the wake of the report, but said he was concerned by its findings.

“Some of the content in the report … is very concerning,” he said.

“The department has accepted all of the recommendations and all of the recommendations will be implemented.

“Beyond that I’ll leave it to the Minister for Immigration to respond to these sorts of inquiries.”

The review was ordered by former immigration minister Scott Morrison following claims children had been abused while in detention.

The department says it has accepted 19 recommendations from the review and has begun work on implementing them in cooperation with the Nauru government, service providers and the Australian Federal Police.


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