Thursday, 9 February 2017
Questions without Notice
This is a question to the Attorney-General. Attorney, this question relates to the storming this morning, under cover of darkness, of Fox compound in the Lombrum RPC on Manus Island by Papua New Guinean police and private security guards and the forced removal of at least one detainee with the intention of forcibly deporting him from Papua New Guinea. This morning you informed the Senate: 'It is quite wrong, therefore, for Senator McKim to claim that rights are being violated.' I refer you to the opinion of Professor Jane McAdam dated today, which is publicly available on the website of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales, which says that 'Papua New Guinea's refugee status determination process is inconsistent with international law in a number of significant respects'. Aren't you wrong when you say that no rights are being disregarded?