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WA prepared to take asylum seekers

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016

Western Australia would be prepared to take asylum-seeker families should the federal government change its position to allow people to resettle in Australia.

Ahead of the closure of the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Premier Colin Barnett says so long as people don't pose a security or safety risk he would welcome them.

"We would certainly accommodate a number of them [asylum seekers] in Western Australia and we'd certainly support them as a state government," he told ABC TV.

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