Shayne Neumann MP
Federal Member for Blair

Australian Labor
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DUTTON POLITICISING IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT RATHER THAN COMMITTING TO INVESTIGATION

06/05/2017

Refugees, law enforcement authorities in PNG and Australian staff and contractors are caught in the middle of Peter Dutton's he-said, she-said fight over an incident on Manus Island with new reports Australian Border Force officers feel increasingly politicised and without avenues to raise their concerns.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been reckless and irresponsible in preempting the findings of a PNG investigation and fuelled conflicting reports about how and why this incident began and the type of force used by authorities on Manus Island.

The Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments must work together to find the truth and ensure the safety of asylum seekers, refugees and staff living or working in Australian-funded offshore processing centres.

Labor supports a full investigation into how this incident began, who is responsible and how authorities responded to an incident that is alleged to have included discharge of weapons and rocks being thrown.

The culture of secrecy must change and it should begin with the Immigration Minister releasing any CCTV footage that backs up his claims rather than spouting speculation.