Dutton Slams Media for ‘Offering Free Advice’ to Manus Asylum-Seekers
Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused the ABC and The Guardian of encouraging asylum-seekers not to resettle in Papua New Guinea. The Federal Government has struck a deal with Papua New Guinea to close the Manus Island detention centre, but is yet to provide a timeframe for the centre to be shut down. Mr Dutton said he wanted to see the men in the centre resettled in Papua New Guinea, and stressed they would not be relocated to Australia under any circumstances. He conceded that since the centre opened fewer than 20 detainees had agreed to be resettled in PNG, but apportioned some of the blame to advocates and media outlets. Mr Dutton refused to explicitly say whether he had full prior knowledge of the thousands of incident reports from inside the Nauru offshore detention centre that were leaked to The Guardian earlier this month. “The ABC reporting on The Guardian’s reports, who report on ABC reports do not help people in these centres,” Mr Dutton told AM. “We received correspondence from Save the Children, we do on a regular basis, they leaked the 2100 documents that The Guardian’s reporting that the
ABC reports on, and we will look at each of those cases.”
Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.