Crikey‘s Monday editorial says “the Australian government is going to have to get involved” in Nauru after the purported sacking of magistrate Peter Law and Chief Justice Geoffrey Eames. Guy Rundle calls it a coup and says “the Australian government can’t help but involve itself in this outrageous abuse of presidential power”. But what if intervention from Canberra is the cause of the problem, rather than the solution?
There are many different players responsible for the threat to judicial oversight in Nauru, which damages the rights of Nauruan citizens as well as the hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees detained on the island. However, sheeting home the blame only to Nauru President Baron Waqa and Justice Minister David Adeang, who are responsible for the judicial sackings, underplays Canberra’s contribution to the current chaos.