Tensions between the Australian and PNG governments are increasing, as disagreements on the implementation of the Rudd government’s PNG solution continue to grow.
Less than a week–and-a-half out from the federal election, absence of questions on asylum issues was notable in the leaders’ debate on Wednesday night, as Scott Morrison released additional details on the Coalition’s regional deterrence model a few days prior.
Clive Palmer’s claim that asylum seekers receive more financial support from the government than old age pensioners has been shown to be false. A UN Human Rights Committee review has criticised the government’s indefinite detention of 46 refugees that have received negative ASIO assessments. While Australia is not bound by findings the review, the legal framework under which asylum seekers are managed will be tested in three different cases in the High Court next week.