Manus Island

Commentary

Australia’s own border wall

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

Until when? The forgotten men on Manus Island

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.
Commentary

Why Labor should break the refugee deadlock

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

Punishment not protection: Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea

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...
Commentary

How to avoid a violent end to the Manus Island stand-off

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.
Blog post

What next for the refugees and failed asylum seekers on Manus Island?

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

Polling - refugees

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

In the firing line

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.
Report

Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre

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 the Nauru...
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Trauma, depression, hopelessness – will going to the US heal refugee pain?

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...
Report

Pathways to protection: a human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea

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 provide...
Report

Offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea: procurement of garrison support and welfare services

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...
Book

Pacific Islanders under German rule (reprint)

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.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are staff working in detention centres protected by whistleblower laws if they speak out?

Labor's Immigration spokesman Richard Marles claims whistleblower protection, which applies across the public service, also applies to workers at the Manus and Nauru detention centres.
Transcript

Address by Hon Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

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 of...
Report

Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 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 2014, the Senate...
Report

Review into the events of 16 - 18 February 2014 at the Manus Regional Processing Centre

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 conduct...
Report

This is still breaking people: update on human rights violations at Australia’s asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

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 clear plans...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is Australia responsible for asylum seekers detained on Manus Island?

The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, claims asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre are Australia's responsibility.
Report

This is breaking people: human rights violations at Australia’s asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

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 make the desperate...