STATEMENT ON MANUS ISLAND
Overnight reports of weapons being discharged and rocks being thrown at an offshore processing centre on Manus Island are concerning and must be fully investigated.
The Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments must work together to ensure the safety of asylum seekers, refugees and staff living or working in Australian-funded offshore processing centres.
There have been conflicting reports about how and why this incident began and the types of force used by authorities on Manus Island.
The culture of secrecy must change. The Turnbull Government must be upfront about what has happened overnight on Manus Island.
Labor supports a full investigation into how this incident began, who is responsible and how authorities responded.
People who seek asylum have a right to have their claims processed in a safe and timely way. It appears the Turnbull Government is now failing on both these fronts.