Monday, 3rd March 2014

SYNTHESIS: EVERYONE KNOWS

Fairfax this morning carried an alarming report about the death of Reza Barati on Manus Island. 

"Everyone knows who attacked him and is surprised no one has been taken into custody," said the unnamed detention centre staffer. The accused is a PNG local employed by the Salvation Army. 

This account is consistent with that provided by Barati's cousin, who witnessed the attack.

The Immigration Minister Scott Morrison quietly announced on the weekend that Australia and PNG “will work to synthesise, as appropriate,” the inquiries into the rioting – the investigation being done by Robert Cornall, the PNG police investigation and the PNG coronial inquiry. The aim is to ensure a "shared understanding of the findings", according to Morrison. 

So much for an independent inquiry. 

Morrison also announced a monthly ministerial forum between Australia and PNG to ensure the timely processing of asylum seeker claims and the implementation of the regional resettlement arrangement.

The forum is indeed timely, in fact long overdue, given there has been no effective processing on Manus Island since the inception of the arrangement. We know now that the riots occurred when asylum seekers were given the impression they had no future beyond the detention centre – not in Australia, PNG or any other country.

Without some clear progress on their claims, another disaster seems inevitable.

Nick Feik
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