Today the Courier-Mail slams asylum seekers for making the healthy choice of swapping cigarettes for TVs and smartphones, and quotes “PNG locals” who say asylum seekers are “treated like kings”. Instead of, you know, prisoners, who are also known to use cigarettes as currency …

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