Manus Island: behind the wire

Manus Island: behind the wire

Reopening the PNG detention centre attracted bipartisan support, writes Madeline Gleeson.

So how did it go so wrong?

Inside Story – 11 May 2016

‘For three and a half years, Papua New Guinea has been a central pillar of Australian immigration policy. Under a series of agreements, the Pacific nation not only consented to Australia’s building and operating an immigration detention centre in its territory, but also offered the possibility of permanent settlement in Papua New Guinea to those men found to be refugees and willing to stay.’

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‘Detention has not ceased forthwith on Manus. Public and media access has continued to be restricted, and there has been no word on when this illegal detention might end. Most importantly, there is no word on what might be in store for them next. The broken men of Manus, like other men, women and children in Nauru and Australia, are still stuck – waiting, perpetually, for a safe place to call home.’

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