AUSTRALIA has decided not to send any more asylum seekers to Manus Island in what appears to be a response to the Papua New Guinea government’s reluctance to resettle refugees on its soil.
Three months ago Australian prime minister Tony Abbott announced that asylum seekers would be resettled in PNG, but - showing characteristic 'drift' - the O'Neill government did not respond to the decision.
Of the asylum seekers on Manus whose claims have been processed, more than half have been assessed as genuine refugees.
But the PNG government has remained mute on their resettlement.
Now controversial Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has ordered that asylum seekers be sent to Nauru.
The ‘PNG Solution’ has turned out to be a particularly nasty piece of Australian public policy and a source of great shame for many Australians.
Originally nutted out between Kevin Rudd and Peter O’Neill, the policy resulted in the death of an asylum seeker, the injuring of scores more and psychological and physical damage to many others.
Despite this lamentable track record, Mr Morrison claims success for his policy.
There are presently 1,084 asylum seekers on Manus.