Sep 29, 2017

Dutton, in cahoots with PNG authorities, blatantly disregards Supreme Court decision

Earlier this year, the PNG Supreme Court declared Australia's offshore detention program on Manus Island unlawful, expecting Australia would be sufficiently chastened, and take steps to wind back its illegal activities. That, however, is not what happened.

Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

When the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea declared on April 26 last year that the detention since mid-2013 on Manus Island of asylum seekers by the Australian and PNG governments was unlawful, the expectation was that both governments would literally open the gates of the detention centre and let the 800-plus men go free. That, however, is not what happened, and Thursday the matter was back before the Supreme Court in Port Moresby to examine the actions of the PNG and Australian authorities after they received news of the court’s ruling.

The PNG Supreme Court ordered that “the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments  shall forthwith take all steps necessary to cease and prevent the continued unconstitutional and illegal detention of the asylum seekers or transferees at the relocation centre on Manus Island and the continued breach of the asylum seekers or transferees Constitutional and human rights”.

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4 thoughts on “Dutton, in cahoots with PNG authorities, blatantly disregards Supreme Court decision

  1. Marilyn J Shepherd

    It’s the same as Israel’s repeated bleat that they have ”freed” Gaza by taking out a couple of thousand Israeli illegal immigrants and putting them illegally in West Bank while imposing 100% control over both areas.

    Dutton has his hostages, he refuses to actually do his job, just like Morrison before him, and uses them to gain political advantage at the feet of the racists.

  2. graybul

    Greg, Why couldn’t PNG Supreme Court “haul” Broadspectrum before the Bench?

  3. Paddy Forsayeth

    Years ago I despised Howard as a deceiver and truth twister, but Dutton supercedes any of the bastardry Howard got up to. Like many I loathe and detest Dutton and wish him a speedy departure. I also fear that this deadshit will accrue more power as time goes on. I hope when Labor get back they will disentangle the web of power that Turnbull and Dutton have spun and clearly delineate the powers and responsibilities of those Federal departments that Dutton has blended in his quest for dictator status.

  4. Paddy Forsayeth

    Its hypocrisy for Bishop to round on the likes of North Korea for defying UN treaties and for Thailand to violate UN human rights charters when this Gov. runs the concentration camps in defiance of the PNG high court and UN decrees. Dutton would fit nicely in Hitler’s cabal.

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