Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has arrived in Port Moresby ahead of a visit to the processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island.

Mr Morrison has visited Papua New Guinea several times, but this is his first trip as immigration minister.

His first meeting was with Attorney-General Kerenga Kua.

He told Mr Kua that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot is grateful for PNG's help in tackling people smuggling.

But Mr Morrision said the agreement with the previous Labor government to send asylum seekers to Manus Island needs to be developed further.

"The previous government had put some measures in place. I think we have many challenges ahead to ensure we can get those arrangements on a stable footing," he said.

Mr Morrison says he wants asylum seekers sent to Manus Island and Nauru within 48 hours of their arrival in Australia.

But he is yet to spell out how that can be achieved when security and health checks have taken at least a fortnight in the past.

Mr Morrison will head to Manus Island on Friday to inspect the processing centre and efforts to increase its capacity.


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