Manus Island


11 Mar 2019

Our “state of exception” combines disturbing practices, cost blowouts and chaotic administration, writes Peter Mares.


21 Nov 2018

This report paints a stark picture of a traumatised refugee population which has been hit hard by Australia’s recent healthcare and counselling service cuts, as well as continued threats to their safety.


25 Oct 2018

The Opposition should swallow Scott Morrison’s bitter pill. But it also needs a longer-term plan, writes Peter Mares.


1 Feb 2018

Australia has used a calculated system of neglect and cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and asylum seekers, but remains responsible for their fate and well-being. It cannot shirk its responsibility, shifting them from one detention centre to several others, in a cynical...


12 Nov 2017

The Howard Government’s resolution of a crisis on Nauru in 2005 points the way forward for dealing with the people currently held on Manus Island, writes Michael Gordon.


6 Nov 2017

Malcolm Turnbull could have responded in any of three ways to New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees. Either of the two alternatives he rejected would have been more just and humane, writes Tessa Morris-Suzuki.

Blog post

27 Oct 2017

After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.


18 May 2017

The Australia Institute surveyed 1,408 Australians about asylum seekers and refugees.


Shooting at Australia's refugee centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea
14 May 2017

The briefing directly contradicts initial claims made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Papua New Guinea Police, suggesting that soldiers only fired bullets into the air during a shooting incident at the Manus Island detention centre in April 2017.


21 Apr 2017

On 12 September 2016, the Senate referred the following matters to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The terms of reference were as follows;

The serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to...

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17 Nov 2016

The one-off deal brokered by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, for the resettlement of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to the United States has the potential to go a long way to finally giving these...


14 Sep 2016

The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.

In publishing this paper, the Commission is seeking to make a positive contribution to this difficult policy area. We have sought to...


13 Sep 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) management of procurement activity for garrison support and welfare services at the offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island) has fallen well short of effective procurement practice. This audit has identified serious and...


A study in the meaning of colonial resistance
6 Jun 2016

This is a reprint of a 1978 study of how Pacific Islanders responded politically and economically to their rulers across the German empire of the Pacific.


14 May 2015

On Thursday Thursday 14 May, the Hon Peter O’Neill, MP CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, delivered an address to the Lowy Institute.

In his address, Prime Minister O’Neill reflected on Papua New Guinea’s place in the world as it celebrates 40 years...


11 Dec 2014

An investigation by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee into the criminal assaults perpetrated against individuals detained at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre during the events of 16 to 18 February 2014.

Referral of the inquiry

On 5 March...


23 May 2014

No single party was directly to blame for the two nights of violence that led to the death of the Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati at Manus detention centre, according to a long-awaited government-commissioned review.

The Cornall review, which places significant emphasis on the...


12 May 2014

Abstract: There appears to have been little or no effort by the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments to address the recommendations in Amnesty International’s December 2013 report, This is Breaking People . The primary concerns around arbitrary and indefinite detention and lack of...


11 Dec 2013

This report argues that asylum seekers detained at Australia's asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island experience degrading conditions and serious human rights violations.

Introduction and summary

Fleeing war, chilling acts of torture, threats of death, or profound discrimination, many asylum seekers...


26 Nov 2013

UNHCR undertook a visit to Manus Island from 23 to 25 October 2013 to assess the progress by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in implementing their commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention since UNHCR’s June 2013 visit and to review the reception conditions at...



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