Minister Holds Turnbull Responsible Over Manus Issue

BY YOMBI KEP ( Post Courier )

The Australian Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Shayne Neumann is holding Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton responsible for the chaos in Manus.

“Manus Island and Nauru were set up as regional transit processing facilities but have become places of indefinite detention because of Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton’s failure to negotiate other third country resettlement options,” Mr Neumann said.

He said Peter Dutton’s failure to answer basic questions about arrangements in PNG after the closure of the regional processing centre has fueled refugees’ uncertainty about moving to new accommodation.

“The Turnbull government has known about the closure of Manus Island RPC for more than six months but has been unclear and unwilling to explain how refugees will continue to have basic human needs met, including access to security, health and welfare services,” Mr Neumann said.

He said said that it was incumbent on Turnbull Government to do what they can to de-escalate tensions on Manus Island and work with PNG authorities to ensure the safety of refugees, staff and locals while stressing the need for a long term solution.

“Transferring refugees from one centre to another is not a long term solution, these people urgently need viable third country resettlement options,” he said.

He said Mr Dutton must make clear what the Turnbull government’s plans are for eligible refugees who are not resettled as part of Australia’s agreement with the United States and immediately secure other third country resettlement options.

 

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