Clar­ity Com­ing On Aust’s Manus Obli­ga­tions

Claimed a num­ber of times it has no re­spon­si­bil­ity for asy­lum-seek­ers, refugees

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The plight of the refugees and asy­lum-seek­ers on Manus Is­land in Pa­pua New Guinea will be back be­fore the PNG Supreme Court on Au­gust 22. The court ruled in April that the Manus camp was un­law­ful. Last week PNG’s Chief Jus­tice Sir Salamo In­jia called on Aus­tralia to re­veal its plans for the in­mates’ re­set­tle­ment but said the orig­i­nal or­ders were too vague and the court will sit again to clar­ify its di­rec­tion. Aus­tralia has claimed a num­ber of times it has no re­spon­si­bil­ity for the asy­lum seek­ers and refugees. Lawyer, Ben Lo­mai, said they want the court to clearly say Aus­tralia is re­spon­si­ble. “That will be the very least that we will be pur­su­ing. At the ex­treme we will be say­ing Aus­tralia is solely re­spon­si­ble af­ter the 26th of April de­ci­sion,” he said.

Re­spon­si­bil­ity

“But at the very least their po­si­tion may be that the Aus­tralian and PNG Gov­ern­ments are equally and sev­er­ally re­spon­si­ble for the wel­fare, for the man­age­ment and con­trol of the asy­lum-seek­ers.”

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