... So that You may be kept informed

Fed: Asylum being treated well on Christmas Island

06 Nov 2008 1:48 AM

SYDNEY, Nov 6 AAP - A refugee lawyer says there has been a dramatic change in the attitude of the federal government towards asylum seekers.

A volunteer for the Refugee Advice and Casework Service told the Sydney Morning Herald the government appeared committed to quickly resolving protection claims of 26 Afghan and Iranian asylum seekers on Christmas Island.

"My sense is they are trying to avoid a repeat of the lengthy detentions ofthe past (when) people went crazy," Steven Glass said.

The asylum seekers were said to have access to sporting facilities and television, and were being well fed.

AAP bccmc =0A