Much has been written following the Papua New Guinea High Court decision declaring the Manus Island detention as illegal.

Some well respected commentators present their views.

Frank Brennan discusses the background to this decision

A bench of five justices of the Supreme Court of Justice, the highest court in Papua New Guinea, has unanimously ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is unconstitutional. Yet again, Australia has been complicit in its Pacific neighbours (PNG and Nauru) prostituting their Constitutions and undermining the rule of law in exchange for a fistful of dollars, with hapless asylum seekers, most of whom are ultimately proved to be refugees, being left to languish.

Cheque book solution on asylum is unconstitutional

Waleed Aly looks at the bipartisan approach to ‘Stopping the Boats’

Perhaps the most stupefying aspect of our asylum seeker debate is that we call it a debate in the first place. It’s not. It’s a complete political consensus. Our current policies are a bipartisan concoction; the result of years of mutual posturing, outflanking and then outbidding. “You’re banishing asylum seekers to detention centres in the Australian desert? Fine, we’ll send them to Nauru for processing!” “You’re still resettling them here? We’ll banish them forever!” “Oh yeah? We’ll get an army general to do it!” And so on.
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The monstrous failure of our bipartisan asylum seeker policy

Julian Burnside speaking to Beverely O’Connor on ABC The World

PNG rules detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island illegal

Richard Ackland looks at alternatives to locking people up in off shore detention centres.
The closure of Manus Island offers Australia’s hapless politicians an opportunity to work with Indonesia on a sensible solution to boat arrivals

There are policy alternatives to locking up refugees in Pacific gulags

ABC News on the cost of off shore detention.

Stopping offshore detention, imposing time limits could save billions of dollars, data shows

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