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Australia cannot abandon refugees in PNG

Media Release
Nick McKim 6 Oct 2021

 

The Australian Government cannot just wash its hands of the people it exiled to Papua New Guinea, the Greens say.

“Today is a day to remember the people who died as a result of being illegally exiled to Papua New Guinea, and the countless other lives that were destroyed,” Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

“People who sought asylum in Australia remain Australia’s responsibility under international law, and no amount of bureaucratic maneuvering can change that fact.

“Offshore detention has been a humanitarian calamity at every level, and has cost Australia tens of billions of dollars.

“While offshore detention in Papua New Guinea will end, perhaps its most shameful legacy is the adoption of the same brutal policies and rhetoric in so many other countries around the world.”

“The people remaining in Papua New Guinea should be brought immediately to Australia and allowed to resettle here.”

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