Wednesday, 19th February 2014


The details of what happened on Manus Island are gradually emerging, regardless of the efforts of Scott Morrison.

The situation was obviously out of control. But if anyone is relying on the minister responsible to take responsibility, or explain what happened, they will be waiting a long time, if this is anything to go by: 

"Shots were heard and reported to be fired by PNG police but that in no way suggests in any way, that those shots were fired at any individuals," said Morrison.

But it could not be assumed, he said, that PNG police had injured any asylum seekers.

"There's no suggestion they fired at asylum seekers. I said shots were reported to be fired," he said.

"There's no suggestion those shots were the ones that involved the individual being shot in the buttocks either." 

But security staff employed by the contractor G4S do not carry guns.

"You need to be careful not to connect dots here that I haven't connected."

There is little chance of that happening.

Here are some dots that can be connected: The Australian government placed 1300 asylum seekers in a tropical detention camp without adequate care or protection, with nothing to do and no prospects. Many were injured, so the Australian government is responsible. 

There is a different way to treat asylum seekers.

Nick Feik
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