New reports claim that Australian troops have been on Nodaway for several weeks.

News Corp Australia’s sister paper the Age newspaper reported on Wednesday that Australian Defence Minister Mark Butler said there was “no evidence” that Australian soldiers were on Nudaway in the last three months.

“It’s just a lot of talk and a lot at the moment,” Butler told reporters in Canberra.

The Age report said Butler said he was confident there was no evidence that Australian forces were on the island.

He told reporters that his department had conducted its own internal review of the allegations, and he was “absolutely confident that this is not the case”.

“There’s no evidence to suggest Australian troops are on the Nauruan territory,” Butler said.ABC’s National Politics Unit will be on Nausauru from 11:00pm on Friday, with coverage of the Royal Commission into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and their Families.


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