Dut­ton Slams Me­dia for ‘Of­fer­ing Free Ad­vice’ to Manus Asy­lum-Seek­ers

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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.

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