After the Manus Island riots, Scott Morrison announced an independent review. He used this, at the time, as a justification for not providing any detailed information to the public about the riots. We would need to wait until the review was completed before he or his department divulged anything, regardless of how much they clearly knew.
It is now evident that the independent review itself won't be made public. Scott Morrison misled again.
Australians may not see the full report by Robert Cornall, reports the Guardian, "because both the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments will receive an account in which immigration officials have already “merged” the findings of investigations being undertaken by each country."
PNG and Australian immigration will assess Cornall's report and those produced by PNG officials and submit a joint report to both governments. Very convenient.
Our government's "independent" review will also be "synthesised" with the investigation conducted by the PNG police, which is itself accused of violence.
How, in these circumstances, can there be any accountability?
"Australians may not see the full report by Robert Cornall into the fatal riot on Manus Island, because both the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments will receive an account in which immigration officials have already 'merged' the findings of investigations being undertaken by each country."
"A group of religious private schools has called for the national curriculum to include a “western/Judeo-Christian” influence category, an idea that is likely to appeal to the team reviewing what students are taught. Christian Schools Australia’s suggestion is broadly in line with the direction the education minister, Christopher Pyne, signalled in January."
"WA Treasurer Troy Buswell has resigned from Cabinet following what Premier Colin Barnett described as a "breakdown". It follows reports he was involved in a car crash before taking personal leave more than two weeks ago. At the time Mr Barnett explained the leave by saying Mr Buswell had taken time off for health-related reasons."
"Australia's miracle economy is not as complex as it appears. It only has three moving parts, really, and if you understand that then you've gone a long way to gaining insight into where it's headed at any given time."
Also: Smoke and mirrors with red-tape ghosts (Peter Martin, The Age)
"It could be a belated attempt to escape the confusing contrast of his lavish treatment of Cadbury and his ruthless abandonment of SPC Ardmona. Or it could be no more than another example of Abbott's lifelong desire to appear hairy-chested and macho. Of course, it could be a sudden mid-life crisis, a genuine conversion to a neo-Liberal view of the world. But this seems improbable."