Canning Times - - OPINION -

I call on politi­cians and peo­ple of con­science – which­ever party they rep­re­sent – to pres­sure the Prime Min­is­ter to take com­pas­sion­ate ac­tion now about the sit­u­a­tion at Manus.

Those refugees and asy­lum seek­ers on Manus have suf­fered tremen­dously for four years. They fled per­se­cu­tion in their home­land only to be fur­ther per­se­cuted by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and the PNG lo­cal peo­ple.

The PNG Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice has said he can­not guar­an­tee the refugees’ safety so it is un­der­stand­able that they are afraid to move into the com­mu­nity with no pro­tec­tion. AN­DREA CAL­LAGHAN, Hil­ton

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