Peter Dutton has released an unsurprising (but still disappointing) statement in response to this afternoon’s announcement by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea that both Australia and PNG have agreed to shut down the Manus Island detention centre.
“It has been the longstanding position of this Government to work with PNG to close Manus and support those people as they transition into PNG or return to their country of origin.“Our position, confirmed again today with PNG, is that no one from Manus Island Regional Processing Centre will ever be settled in Australia.”
“The Rudd Government entered an agreement with Papua New Guinea establishing the Manus facility at a time when Labor lost control of our borders and tens of thousands of people were coming on boats.”
You can have a gander at the whole statement, if that’s your bag:
— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) August 17, 2016
The closure comes after the Supreme Court found that indefinite detention of refugees was illegal under the PNG constitution.
islands like manus island that are not manus island
— Aus Gov Just Googled (@GovGoogles) August 17, 2016