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31 May 2015


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And in another twist in the saga of Peter Dutton, desperate for Australia not to be implicated in this, apparently a team of doctors has been flown from Australia to treat the young boy who has had a badly broken arm for one month.

Wouldn't it have been a lot cheaper to send the boy to, say, Cairns for treatment?

Manus and Nauru - the holes get deeper. Tut tut, Ms Bishop.

The ABC has obtained evidence that the president of Nauru and his justice minister were allegedly bribed by an Australian phosphate dealer.

It is alleged President Baron Waqa received $60,000 while justice minister David Adeang — Nauru's most powerful politician — received $10,000 per month in 2009 and 2010.

Other government MPs are also implicated in the scandal.

"We give you full authority to mobilise or lubricate the MPs to secure the vote and win the battle," Mr Adeang is alleged to have said when trying to secure power.

The Australian company is said to be Getax.

Of course nothing like that could ever happen in Papua New Guinea.

Dutton is a former Queensland police officer. Well that is a great recommendation.

Who could ever doubt that the Queensland police were anything but paragons of virtue?

Check these stories. And remember that under the new legislation reporting such things may be punishable by two years in jail from July.

It is worth nothing here that, should PNG Attitude receive information about such matters, especially as they relate to the Manus concentration camp, it will continue to report it - KJ

Mathias - to be fair, the Department of Immigration have denied this report. Some might say that the India suggestion this is a beat-up by anti-government activists.

Others might be more cynical and think that because the Australians got caught out by media reports, they quickly changed strategy and came up with alternative solutions to avoid adverse publicity and deny responsibility.

I think the boy will be treated - after all there are many excellent medical services available much closer than India (PNG? Vanuatu? Fiji? NZ?)

Through bitter experience I'm inclined to err on the cynical side when it comes to official explanations. Why would the mother make this up?

It was immigration minister Dutton - a man who has a track record of struggling with the truth - who denied the India story. The mother of the child continues to insist that authorities told her the young lad, who broke his arm a month ago, would be sent to India - KJ

Peter Kranz, wantok your last comment of a kid sent to India instead of Australia. Shame, shame!

This is the sort of report that could get you two years in jail from next month - both for Matthew Doran (ABC reporter) and Ian Rentoul (Refugee Action Coalition).

The mother of an 11-year-old Iranian refugee on Nauru, who has had a broken arm for a month, has told the ABC her son will be flown to India rather than Australia for medical treatment.

Erfan Paridari's mother said he suffered the injury after falling off his bike last month.

He received treatment at the local hospital, but staff there did not set the bones in his arm properly.

His mother said he had been in constant pain ever since, and needed urgent surgery or he risked permanent disability.

She told the ABC she received a phone call telling her plans were being made for her family to be sent to India to receive medical treatment.

And it seems the trip to India is being arranged by the Department of Immigration, presumably to keep the boy out of Australia.

This is appalling. More details have emerged about the censorship of doctors, teachers, journalists, NGO's, religious organisations and anyone else working or reporting on for Australian detention centres.

They can go to jail for reporting abuse. And the traditional media is raising hardly a whisper.

Is Australia a democracy or a fascist state? This question now needs to be seriously asked.

Doctors and teachers working in immigration detention facilities could face up to two years in prison if they speak out against conditions in the centres or provide information to journalists, under sweeping new laws to gag whistleblowers.

The Border Force Act, which was passed quietly on May 14 by both major parties, clamps down on "entrusted people" in detention centres recording or disclosing information about conditions in centres such as those on Nauru and Manus Island.

Under the heading of "secrecy and disclosure provisions", the act says releasing information is only permitted by the secretary of the department responsible for detention centres.

"Under the proposed measures, the unauthorised disclosures of information, including personal information will be punishable by imprisonment for two years," it says.

The new law will be enforced in July in conjunction with the official merger of the Immigration and Customs departments.

Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler, said this was the first time doctors had been threatened with jail time for revealing inadequate conditions for their patients in immigration centres.

Australia, bullying small nations? Perish the thought.

An espionage operation by Australia's foreign spy service underpins a new bid by East Timor to establish a maritime boundary between the two countries and gain a bigger share of the lucrative Timor Sea oil and gas fields.

Australia's tiny neighbour said on Wednesday it would reactivate arbitration proceedings in The Hague to nullify the treaty governing the $40 billion in oil and gas deposits and force Australia to negotiate a new boundary.

Australia had insisted on a maritime boundary with East Timor which conveniently placed the largest oil and gas reserves within Australia's control.

The long-standing dispute between Australia and East Timor took a dramatic turn in 2013 when it emerged the Australian Secret Intelligence Service had installed listening devices in East Timor's government offices during treaty talks in 2004, to gain an advantage in negotiations with the fledgling country.

The revelations from a former senior ASIS officer who oversaw the operation prompted the Australian government to authorise ASIO raids on the ex-spy, as well as East Timor's Canberra-based lawyer Bernard Collaery, seizing documents and data and as well as the passport of the ASIS whistleblower and placing him under house arrest.

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