Imagine if somewhere in Australia the wreckers moved in to demolish a building, turned off the power and water and removed the furniture while people were still living there. Rightly, there would be calls for the government to stop this inhumanity. There would be calls for an investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the demolition by the workplace regulator.
This is exactly what is happening on Manus Island, where the dismantling and demolition of the Australian and Papua New Guinea government-run immigration detention centre is taking place, following the PNG government's May announcement that the centre would be closed by October this year. Detainees are without water, power, bedding or, importantly, any form of protection from harm by members of the local community. Yet the Commonwealth government workplace regulator, Comcare, is nowhere to be seen or heard.