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Protest for Manus: Dutton blusters as Manus defies the siege

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Media Release

Emergency rally: still no safe settlement as Manus defies the siege

Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site.

“Dutton’s claim that he wants to close Manus Island as soon as possible; that’s a lie. Dutton wants Manus, like Nauru to become a permanent prison island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Dutton intends to scuttle any plan for safe resettlement. He is deliberately depriving refugees of the necessities of life to force the refugees were forced into less safe areas of Manus Island than provide the safe resettlement that he is obliged to.”

“As the Turnbull government sinks in the opinion polls, Dutton sinks into infamy, engulfed by international condemnation.

“The naked brutality of the government siege has exposed the use of torture that has underpinned Manus Island from the beginning. Labor has now joined the call for Dutton to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees. Labor urgently needs to take another step.

“The only guarantee of safety for all the asylum seekers and refugees is for the government to end the siege, evacuate them all, and bring them to Australia.”

Emergency protest rally: “End the Manus Siege; Bring them Here,” Saturday, 18 November, 1pm, Hyde Park. Speakers include: Benjamin Law (writer), Ann-Maree McEwan, organiser Independent Education Union.













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  1. Terry2

    This has now become a personal vendetta on Dutton’s part and as the article notes, he will scuttle any attempts to find permanent resettlement for these refugees. He has become obsessed and preoccupied with inflicting pain on these people. It no longer has anything to do with border protection or saving lives at sea.

    His veiled threat to the Papua New Guinea government indicate that he is prepared to use our aid program as a pawn in what he sees as a game. He won’t allow New Zealand to break the deadlock and he won’t allow PNG to negotiate with New Zealand. What this is telling me is that Dutton has become too personally fixated on this matter and has no ideas left and no plans for resettlement : he must go.

    Incidentally, I was wondering where the power generators had gone from the original Manus detention centre. Now it’s clear from the photos, they were just shifted over to the new location but evidently not yet hooked up.

  2. Rhonda

    Off with his head!

  3. helvityni

    I can’t believe anymore what’s happening on Manus…
    Where’s Turnbull on this? Has Shorten finally woken up….I give up… WHO votes these monsters into power….

  4. Jamesss

    We need UN peace keepers to encircle Parliament house to protect not only those on Manus Island, but also the inhabitants of our nation from these terrorists.

  5. diannaart

    Thank you for the photos. Just as I thought!

    So much money wasted on this cruel game by Dutton, money which could’ve been spent giving these people a second chance at a new life in a safe country.

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