Politics

Nov 24, 2017

Manus detainees pawns in a colonial ‘game of chicken’, says Tim Costello

As refugees on Manus Island are pushed to an uncertain future, Tim Costello asks the government to take responsibility.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran — Associate editor

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Associate editor

As paramilitary police removed 300 men by force from the Manus Island detention centre on Friday morning, refugee advocates have lashed the government for negligence.

World Vision CEO Tim Costello, who traveled to Manus on a fact-finding mission said the refugees were being moved from the decommissioned site to the East Lorengau camp.

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  1. Valerie Pitty

    Vamyl: What a dreadful irony lies in the fact that the two Ministers, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton, who have presided over the wicked treatment of the refugees, are among the loudest demanding that the rights of Christians be respected in the matter of same-sex marriage. Tim Costello is a Minister of Religion and acts as a compassionate Christian should, bearing witness to the ill-treatment meted out by our Government to these helpless people.

  2. Valerie Pitty

    Vamyl: What a dreadful irony lies in the fact that the two Ministers, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton, who have presided over the wicked treatment of the refugees, are among the loudest demanding that the rights of Christians be respected in the matter of same-sex marriage. Tim Costello is a Minister of Religion and acts as a compassionate Christian should, bearing witness to the ill-treatment meted out by our Government to these helpless people.

  3. AR

    Just out of curiosity, re Costello’s “a deep sense of betrayal from residents of Manus.“, to which residents is he referring?
    The internees or the Manus people?
    Both have been royally screwed.
    Thanks a heap Krudd II, you gormless, gutless waste of space, for creating this obscene imbroglio.
    Nobody expects anything but bastardry from tories – hi, Talcum! – but this is tripartisan, 80% of the electorate being utterly complicit in voting for Tweedledumb & Tweedledumber parties when there was an alternative.

  4. achimova1

    What can we do? Where are they going? Have they pain enough? Our government is disgusting ? Even the NZ s are not allowed to goto the refugees NZ. What happened with the Turnbull /Trump? Nothing. And Labor – hopeless. These are people. Thank you. Tim Costello. Thank you. Nick McKim. Can we send food? Clothes? Friends. Have they doctors? Or to die. Please keep telling Behrouz. Wake up Australia.

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