July 31, 2013

Asylum Seekers arrive in PNG under new plan

Asylum Seekers arrive in PNG under new plan

THE first group of asylum seekers subject to Labor's tough new resettlement policy has arrived in Papua New Guinea and more are expected to follow within days.
The 40 mainly Iranian and Afghan men were flown from Christmas Island late on Wednesday and touched down on Manus Island at 7.40am (AEST) on Thursday.
"As of now they are the first people in Papua New Guinea who are realising the people smugglers no longer have a product to sell," Immigration Minister Tony Burke told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
"The promise of living and working in Australia, which is sold by people smugglers before they push people onto the high seas, is no longer a product available."
The immigration department posted a video of the men being taken from their Christmas Island detention centre and boarding a plane to Manus Island.
The video is posted under a banner that reads: "If you come here by boat without a visa, you won't be settled in Australia."
Boat people arrive in PNG. Photo/AAP
Mr Burke said "more and more" asylum seekers would be flown to PNG in the coming days.
"Over time, every single person who arrives under these new rules will find the government is true to its word," he said.
The minister said he had removed women and children from Manus Island because he didn't think the facilities were up to scratch, but they were being improved and family groups would be sent there soon.
Dr Otto Numan, CEO of Manus Island's only hospital, told AAP he checked the asylum seekers' names against the manifest.
"We are expecting more tomorrow," he said on Thursday. "The youngest is 18."
The asylum seekers will join 26 others at the temporary asylum seeker centre at Lombrum.
Australia is installing large tents capable of sleeping up to 30.
The Australian Greens called it a sad day for fairness and decency.
"The government is storming ahead with this cruel policy that is an attack on Australia's generous heart and our global reputation," Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
More than 1400 asylum seekers have arrived aboard 18 boats since the Rudd government announced its "hardline" PNG arrangement on July 19.

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 About 1500 asylum seekers bound for PNG

About 1500 asylum seekers bound for PNG

CLOSE to 1500 asylum seekers have arrived aboard 18 boats since the Rudd government announced its tough new border policy to resettle them in Papua New Guinea.


Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare detailed the latest boat arrival on Wednesday.

HMAS Maryborough helped 102 passengers and two crew members aboard a suspected asylum seeker boat north of Christmas Island on Tuesday.

They have been transferred to Christmas Island for health checks.

The federal government announced on July 19 plans to process asylum seekers and resettle refugees in Papua New Guinea.

A spokesman for Mr Clare confirmed that so far 1452 asylum seekers would be subject to the new
Asylum Seekers. Getty Images
arrangements.

The first group of asylum seekers was expected to arrive on Manus Island on Wednesday but that was delayed because of bad weather.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration refused to provide further details on when the trip would be rescheduled.

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Angry mob undresses woman and rip her clothing after she dressed provocatively

Angry mob undresses woman and rip her clothing after she dressed provocatively

By: John Roberts 
 A group of men attacked a woman who was dressed in a mini skirt. 

The men attacked the woman claiming that she was dressed inappropriately. The woman was spotted walking on the street in Kitengela, a town in Kenya. 

The angry mob claimed the dress was too short. They argued with the woman to change into something more appropriate. When the woman ignored their request the men attacked her and undressed her. 

The men then ripped her clothing apart so she could not put them back on, claiming that “it was better for her to go naked because her intentions were clear,” according to press reports in Kenya.

The victim. Photo. yourjewishnews.com
According to a witness, the crowd gathered around the woman and forcibly undressed her. Her clothes were torn and thrown away ensuring that she had nothing to cover her body as a punishment for dressing provocatively.

“Most women in the town of Kitengela, dress modestly, and everyone is expected to adhere to their standards,” Aminah Wangai, 62, from Kenya told YourJewishNews.com.

Many people gathered to watch as the drama unfolded.

The woman was left on the floor with nothing to cover her body.
A Good Samaritan who witnessed the incident offered the woman a long dress so she could go home.

The victim's mothers was warned not to let her daughter leave the house without her approval, according to press reports in Kenya.

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July 30, 2013

Drunk teacher offers police officer oral sex after being arrested for hit and run

Drunk teacher offers police officer oral sex after being arrested for hit and run


A drunk teacher attempted to wiggle herself out of a hit and run arrest by offering a police officer oral sex, according to police reports in Florida.

Palm Beach County Police said that middle school math teacher Mary Maloney allegedly offered oral sex to a police officer after being captured for a hit-and-run.

Maloney, 53, was arrested Sunday after her truck crashed into a pickup truck around 8:35 pm. After crashing her truck she fled from the scene. A witness of the crash tracked down Maloney’s car to a parking spot and called police.

Mary Maloney . Photo source. yourjewsnews.com
The arresting officer said he found an empty wine bottle behind the driver's seat and "immediately smelled the strong odor of alcoholic on Maloney.” The report noted that her eyes were glassy, bloodshot and partially closed.

The officer, who took Maloney to the police station, said that she asked him: "How much do I have to pay for you to let me go? Don’t you understand that I am a school teacher?"

Then, she offered to perform oral sex on him and allow him to fondle her breasts.
Maloney was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with damage, resisting arrest without violence, driving with a suspended license and attempting to bribe a public official.

A spokesperson for the school district of Palm Beach County said that the teacher could potentially be suspended or fired, depending on her case.

Maloney was convicted of a DUI in 2009, and was arrested on a battery charge, and later on a charge of violation of parole, in 2010. 

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July 29, 2013

AIR NIUGINI WELCOMES FIRST RETROFIT AIRCRAFT

AIR NIUGINI WELCOMES FIRST RETROFIT AIRCRAFT

Air Niugini took delivery of its first retrofit aircraft (P2-PXW) in Port Moresby yesterday (Monday 22nd July 2013) representing the most modernized fleet and offering a whole new travel experience.

The retrofitting of the Boeing aircraft ensures a much higher standard and comfort for customers travelling on Air Niugini Bird Of Paradise services.

Changes and improvements have been made to the aircraft’s interior cabin, the seating arrangement and the in-flight entertainment system.

Passengers in business class now have spacious leg room and seats where they can now sleep with ease, comfort and in privacy. Inseat screens have been installed in both the business and economy class seats for all passengers, offering movies in early genre, premier classics, family classics, TV documentaries, games, music and other applications. P2-PXW has a total 188 seats, 28 business and 160 economy class seats.

Air Niugini is committed to upgrading all aircraft interior and will be rolling out the retrofit program across its international Boeing fleet to ensure the same standard is maintained through out all its fleet.

Air Niugini cabin crew have been specially trained to use the facilities on board the retrofit aircraft.

The retrofitting program will also lift Air Niugini and Papua New Guinea standards in air travel and we are pleased that Air Niugini as the National airline is taking the lead in doing so.
A huge hole spotted in the Sun

A huge hole spotted in the Sun

A space telescope aimed at the sun has spotted a gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere — a dark spot that covers nearly a quarter of our closest star, spewing solar material and gas into space.

The so-called coronal hole over the sun's north pole came into view between July 13 and 18 and was observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO. NASA released a video of the sun hole as seen by the SOHO spacecraft, showing the region as a vast dark spot surrounded by solar activity.

Coronal holes are darker, cooler regions of the sun's atmosphere, or corona, containing little solar material. In these gaps, magnetic field lines whip out into the solar wind rather than looping back to the sun's surface. Coronal holes can affect space weather, as they send solar particles streaming off the sun about three times faster than the slower wind unleashed elsewhere from the sun's atmosphere, according to a description from NASA.

"While it’s unclear what causes coronal holes, they correlate to areas on the sun where magnetic fields soar up and away, failing to loop back down to the surface, as they do elsewhere," NASA's Karen Fox at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., explained in an image description.

A huge hole in the sun /NASA/ESA Photo
These holes are not uncommon, but their frequency changes with the solar activity cycle. The sun is currently reaching its 11-year peak in activity, known as the solar maximum. Around the time of this peak, the sun's poles switch their magnetism. The number of coronal holes typically decreases leading up to the switch.

After the reversal, new coronal holes appear near the poles. Then as the sun approaches the solar minimum again, the holes creep closer to the equator, growing in both size and number, according to NASA.

The $1.27-billion (1 billion euros) SOHO satellite was launched in 1995 and is flying a joint mission between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). It watches solar activity from an orbit about the Lagrange Point 1, a gravitationally stable spot between Earth and the sun that is about 932,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from our planet. Yahoo News

July 28, 2013

Former Origin coach Graham Murray dies

Former Origin coach Graham Murray dies

THE rugby league community paid tribute to renowned coach Graham Murray, who died in Brisbane last night aged 58 after a battle with heart disease.

The former NSW State of Origin mentor had been in the intensive care unit of Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

It was the second time in less than six months Murray had been in hospital after spending a week in a coma following a heart attack in March.

Murray emerged as a halfback for Parramatta in the late '70s and was quickly recognised for his ability to read play and his deft passing at the line. He went on to play 88 first-grade games at Parramatta and later South Sydney.

Graham Murray dies. Photo. AAP
As a coach, 'Muzza' took the Illawarra Steelers to their only competition win - the 1992 pre-season challenge - and also steered the club to their first finals series the same year, earning him Dally M coach of the year.After a stint with Super League team the Hunter Mariners, Murray headed to the UK, taking Leeds to an English Super League final in 1998 and then a Challenge Cup victory in 1999 before returning to Sydney.

He made an immediate impact during the 2000 season, guiding the Roosters to their first grand final in 20 years.

In 2004, Murray led North Queensland to their first final series and then the Cowboys' first grand final in 2005.

Along the way, the quietly spoken former school teacher coached the Blues in Origin in 2006 and 2007 and the City Origin team.

He began 2013 looking to coach the Jillaroos World Cup team and Wynnum Manly in Brisbane but suffered a heart attack earlier this year.

ARL Commission chairman John Grant said Murray was just a wonderful human being who was deeply respected across the game.

“His passing at such a young age is a tragedy and, on behalf of the commission and everyone in the rugby league community, I extend the game's deepest sympathies to his wife Amanda and his family.” Outgoing NSW Rugby League chief executive Geoff Carr said Murray was someone who held a special place in the game.

“Graham played and coached at the highest level of the most intense competition in Australian sport and, in that time, I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him.

“As well as being an outstanding coach, he was simply a great friend to many people in the game and a great family man who will be sorely missed.”

“We can confirm Graham Murray has had his life support turned off,” the North Queensland club tweeted.

“However Graham is still with us and our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

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Australia resolute on asylum policy

Australia resolute on asylum policy

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday he made "absolutely no apology" for his hardline new policy of sending asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea as hundreds protested in Sydney.

Under the directive, those who pay people-smugglers to arrive on unauthorised boats will be sent to the poor Pacific nation for processing and resettled there -- even if judged to be genuine refugees.

"On the question of asylum-seekers... we've had to adjust our policy over time and I make absolutely no apology whatsoever for our current policy settings because the world around us has changed," Rudd told Channel Ten.

Rudd, who was last month reinstalled as prime minister by his Labor colleagues to help turn around dire opinion polls in an election year, had previously softened some of the former conservative government's policies.

Aussie PM Kevin Rudd with Huli wigman. Getty Images
But after being reappointed leader, he moved quickly to announce a radically reshaped immigration plan under which boatpeople could be resettled in PNG, sent home or to a third country -- but not to Australia.

The plan has worried the United Nations refugee agency, which said Friday that conditions at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island facility currently failed adequately to protect refugees.

"UNHCR is troubled by the current absence of adequate protection standards and safeguards for asylum-seekers and refugees in Papua New Guinea," it said in its first assessment of the policy.

Hundreds took to the streets in Sydney to protest the policy Sunday, carrying placards such as "Let them land, let them stay", and at one point sitting at a major intersection and blocking it.

"Kevin Rudd has gone too far," said Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.

"And he has misjudged the sentiment of the Australian community."

Australia resumed sending asylum-seekers to Manus Island and the Pacific state of Nauru in 2012 to try to deter record numbers arriving by boat, hundreds of whom drowned en route.

Rudd has said the new PNG policy will take some time to deter asylum-seekers. Since he announced the change just over a week ago officials have intercepted 15 boats carrying some 1,250 people.

"It is the implementation of that policy direction over time, resolutely, which will yield results," he told Network Ten's Bolt Report.

"In the interim, people-smugglers will test your resolve."

Asylum-seekers are a sensitive issue in Australia, and one set to feature prominently in the election due this year.

A Galaxy poll of more than 1,000 voters published in The Sunday Telegraph found that not only had Labor's vote improved under Rudd, he was also rated as better at handling the asylum-seeker issue.

Rudd outscored opposition leader Tony Abbott 40 to 38 percent on the asylum-seeker issue in a poll taken after the PNG policy had been announced and publicised widely by the government.

The opposition leader said he was not worried about the poll -- which put Rudd and Abbott's parties at 50:50 -- and said the PNG plan was yet to go into action as no new asylum-seekers had been sent to Manus.

"He is just not fair dinkum. That's why, in any contest of wills between Mr Rudd and the people-smugglers, the people-smugglers think they will win," Abbott told reporters.

But Rudd said while people-smugglers, who make thousands of dollars bringing asylum-seekers to Australia, would test the government's resolve "we are not for turning".

"Our policy is very clear... you will not be settled in Australia," Rudd said.


July 27, 2013

10 KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT

10 KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT

A nasty road accident has left 10 people dead and several others in critical condition at the Boram General Hospital in Wewak, East Sepik province.

NBC News has been informed, among the dead, were three teachers, one of whom was a head teacher from Wosera. 

Authorities expect the casualties to increase.

The accident at Kreer Heights yesterday morning has been described by many in Wewak, as one of the worst in the province.

The Hino PMV servicing the 3-10 route which is the Maprik-Wewak road went off the main highway and landed some 50-meters down a valley throwing several passengers while taking others with it.

Reports regarding the accident are still sketchy at this stage. 

Nasty road accident left 10 people dead. Image credit: Benjamin K
According to sources, the driver and his crew member ran away soon after the accident. 

Attempts to get reports from police in the province were unsuccessful.

NBC News also contacted the Office of the Director Medical Services of Boram General Hospital for further confirmation but he was not able to return our call when the report was compiled.

At the Wewak mortuary, weeping relatives turned out in numbers to confirm the news of the death of their loved ones.

July 26, 2013

Rudd needs PNG solution to work quickly for a win

Rudd needs PNG solution to work quickly for a win


Kevin Rudd's undeclared stop-the-boats policy turns on that very mechanism. He has outflanked Tony Abbott from the right co-opting the opposition's previously unutterable end-point of zero boats - without mouthing the words - but with a more comprehensive approach.
Abbott, who has steadfastly resisted overtures for more detail in the past, has suddenly come forward with a counter-move, proposing a quasi-militaristic response, tantamount to declaring war on those who, in some cases at least, are escaping real wars in fear for their lives.
It looks rushed because it was. Both plans have been. If Rudd's new policy works, few will be transferred to Manus Island. If it fails, it will be because it was overwhelmed by a more determined foe than even Abbott has turned out to be.
Abbott's fear appears to be the former and he is doing his best to stop confidence building in the government's capacity to deliver.
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Sending shock waves: Asylum seekers will now be transfered to PNG. Photo: Allison Millcock/SMH
This is understandable. Labor's last-minute transmogrification from 90-pound weakling to Charles Atlas-like muscle-man on boats policy could be a political game-changer. It is transparently designed to neutralise one of Abbott's most damaging criticisms of Labor - namely, that it is soft on border control. His relentless critique has eroded Labor's base from within in recent years, registering most strongly in its heartland seats in the country's outer suburbs and, most pointedly, in western Sydney.
It is these areas that voters' concerns over what should be separate issues of boats, immigration, overcrowding, foreigners and national security, have been confused and conflated, prompting Julia Gillard's oddly discordant crackdown on alleged 457 visa rorting earlier this year - a panicked response if ever there was one.
Rudd's ''PNG solution'' is much more clever than that and more honest. But it is premised on a calculated gamble - that if Australia can convince boat people it really has shut the door, they'll stop knocking on it. It's a gamble PNG's Peter O'Neill has signed up to as well, arguing his dirt-poor country gets additional investment in a hospital, on roads, police, and universities, plus more control on how Australian aid money is spent. Both leaders hope that in the end PNG will not be required to resettle substantial numbers of refugees, because they will stop coming once Australia as a final destination is off the table.
Harshness is the key. This policy has already rocketed up the dubious league table of ''cruel to be kind'' official responses to intractable social problems.
Its frankly unconscionable treatment of the unlucky few caught in the hinge moment of this jarring policy shift, is we are told, a necessary evil. They are the examples - their grim fate paraded loudly in order to shock others into not coming at all and therefore to end a pernicious trade costing lives at sea.
Questions about the complexities of the PNG transfer and therefore its durability are manifold. They range from its unknown cost and questionable legality to its tricky country-to-country logistics, given the woeful record of progress on Manus Island thus far.
For many, its blanket negation of individual circumstances is simply too hard a pill to swallow.
The conundrum for Rudd is this: for this to work, it has to be demonstrated to work quickly. The goal is shock and awe achieved by seeing the reality of the already wretched being transferred to the malarial hell-hole of Manus. Yet, with more than 900 arrivals in its first week, not counting a vessel that sunk with the loss of several lives, PNG's rudimentary facilities already face being swamped, straining the shamefully inadequate infrastructure on Manus and the socio-political will in Port Moresby to see it through.
Rudd must prove that his resolve is solid and then hope that his resolve and that of his PNG partners, is not tested for long.
That said, it was Rudd's only real move. While Abbott had long been vilified by the left for his boat turnarounds and other uncompromising rhetoric, Rudd's concession has given Abbott a moral win of sorts. But that is cold comfort.
For Labor, everything now turns on what happens from here to the election, expected to be called for September 21.
If the rate of arrivals slows or even stops, Rudd will have succeeded in taking asylum seekers off the front pages, allowing his government to talk about its strengths in education, health, disabilities, and superannuation. If the boats keep coming, especially at the increased rate since the PNG plan was unveiled, it will take little time indeed for the politics to overwhelm him.

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Whitehaven's Jessie Joe heads home with win against Dewsbury

Whitehaven's Jessie Joe heads home with win against Dewsbury

Jessie Joe Parker headed out of the Recreation Ground a winner after Whitehaven last night claimed a fourth success in their last five outings with a 16-15 victory over Dewsbury.The Papua New Guinea international departed with the praise of coach Dave Woods and Haven fans ringing in his ears.

He led out the team against the Rams, in recognition of his efforts this term, including his 20-try haul in 25 games, and fans stayed behind after the final whistle to chant his name.

“Jessie was very good again tonight,” Woods said. “He’s a quality player and gets better and better every time he plays for us.

Jessie Joe Parker is bein congratulated . News&Star Photo
“Hopefully, everything will be all right when he gets home and we will see him again next year. We only mentioned it once before the game and said, let’s send him home a winner. He wanted to make sure we won the game and was really trying hard.”

Parker was labelled a legend on Twitter post-game by official man of the match Rhys Clarke. He returns to PNG at the weekend to deal with a family issue and will miss the last five games of the regular season and any play-off action.

Woods labelled Haven’s display as poor and said they were devoid of ideas in Dewsbury’s final 30/40m.

“The guts they showed to win the game was great, and you have to give them plenty of credit for that, but we made it tough for ourselves,” he added.

“We need to make it easier than that. After we trained on Tuesday I thought we would win well tonight. It wasn’t to be, but it was three points and we will take it.”

Dewsbury, four points adrift, could now struggle to overtake Haven in the race for sixth place and a home game in the play-offs while Workington Town are seven points behind with three games in hand.

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July 25, 2013

Family claims William Kapris was shot by Police  after he surrendered

Family claims William Kapris was shot by Police after he surrendered

The family of the late William Kapris - the country's most popular criminal, claim he was shot dead after he had surrendered to police.

Kapris's elder brother, Brian, told NBC News yesterday afternoon, they've been informed both Kapris and accomplice Raphael Walimini had both surrendered when caught by police along the Hiritano Highway on Monday afternoon. 

This comes as the public also question the manner in which both criminals were killed. 

Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga said in a news conference on Tuesday, both men were killed in an exchange of gunfire during a high speed car chase along the highway near Doa Rubber Plantation.

William Kapris
But photographic evidence show only massive wounds to the lower limbs of both men's bodies.

Eyewitnesses say, both men were shot at and also cut with knives on their legs, and an external post mortem yesterday also confirmed knife wounds. 

Brian says the family do not condone Kapris's criminal activities, but what happened was inhuman, and the family will pursue the matter in court, after his burial.

NBC News sent a series of questions to Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga on Wednesday, through the Police Media Unit, and is awaiting his response. 

Meantime, Brian says although Kapris had stolen millions from his criminal activities, his family did not benefit from any of the stolen money.

Family members in Port Moresby have moved the bodies of Kapris and Walimini to the Funeral Home.

Australia to probe migrant rape claims in PNG

Australia to probe migrant rape claims in PNG

Manus Island offshore-processing camp claims emerge as PM defends new Papua New Guinea policy in wake of boat tragedy.


Australia is to investigate reports that asylum seekers at one of its detention camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.

Kevin Rudd, Australia's prime minister, has said that no more boat-people will be allowed to resettle in Australia and unauthorised arrivals will be sent to camps in PNG, according to a new agreement between the two countries.

Rudd said on Wednesday that the sinking of a refugee boat off the coast of West Java, Indonesia, on Tuesday evening justified his new offshore-processing policy, denounced by human rights groups.
 Iranians and Sri Lankans [AFP]

Officials said on Wednesday that at least 11 people, including children had died, and that 189 other suspected asylum seekers had been rescued. The search for survivors is continuing.

"This ... sends a very clear message to people smugglers to stop sending people by boat to Australia," Rudd told a news conference in Melbourne.

Suicide-attempt claims

A former senior official at the Manus Island processing centre in PNG has said that people have been raped and tortured at the facility.

Tony Burke, Australian Immigration Minister, described the claims of Rod St George, the former head of occupational health and safety at the centre, as "horrific" and arrived on Manus Island  to investigate on Thursday. He said that any troublemakers would be removed from the camp.

Graeme McGregor, a refugee campaign co-ordinator for Amnesty International Australia, said that it was vital that the government immediately took steps to support the complainants of rape and torture at the camp, and for those accused to be arrested and charged "in a fair court of law".

"There needs to be a full investigation into how this matter was handled in the camp," McGregor told Al Jazeera.

St George told Australia's SBS television that self-harm and attempted suicides occurred on an almost daily basis and that weapons were being accumulated in readiness for a break-out attempt.

The former prison guard quit his job after being disgusted by what he saw at the facility,  where he said up to half a dozen young men were assaulted and raped by fellow inmates. Others were beaten and forced to sew their lips together to protest over conditions, he said.St George said the men who were sexually assaulted were sent back to the same tents as the people who raped them.

"There was nothing that could be done for these young men who were considered vulnerable, which in many cases is just a euphemism for men who are being raped," he said.

Peter Charley, executive producer for SBS's Dateline programme, which first aired the abuse allegations, said that journalists had been prevented from entering the facility.

"They've flagged very clearly that it's not the Papua New Guineans who control it, even though it's on their territory; it's the Immigration Department in Australia that controls it," Charley told Al Jazeera.

He said the revelations were important because Manus Island was the key processing point for migrants trying to reach Australia by boat.

"The boat-people, as we call them, have become a politcal issue," he said.

McGregor told Al Jazeera that Amnesty had found that the Manus Island centre was already under-resourced before Rudd's new policy pledge.

"Conditions for asylum seekers on Manus Island are massively inapproriate," McGregor said.

The Immigration minister is also due to visit Australia's other main processing camp on Nauru in the Pacific, which was rocked by riots that razed buildings on Saturday following Rudd's announcement of the new policy.

Hundreds of people have drowned making the same journey to Australia.

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July 24, 2013

PNG warns Rudd, Abbott over asylum issue

PNG warns Rudd, Abbott over asylum issue

Papua New Guinea's high commissioner has warned Australian politicians not to impugn the dignity of his country's leaders over the asylum seeker issuem, as 70 men were flown out of the Manus Island detention facility amid allegations of rape and torture.

Immigration Minister Tony Burke is due on the island on Thursday to see for himself conditions at the centre, after speaking with the whistleblower who made the claims.

It's not clear if the group which left on Wednesday included the alleged offenders.

Image credit: ABC
But Mr Burke had said he would remove them before Australian authorities begin transferring people to the island under Labor's new hardline policy to stop the flow of asylum seeker boats.

Whistleblower Rod St George alleges up to half a dozen men were assaulted and sexually abused by some detainees, others were forced to sew their lips together and one had solvent poured into his ear.

'I've worked with some of the worst criminals Australia has and even they have a clearer sense of decency than what I witnessed there,' Mr St George told SBS's Dateline program.

Under the federal government's deal with PNG, people arriving by boat will be denied resettlement in Australia, be taken to Manus Island for processing and if their refugee status is approved, resettled in PNG.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he made no apology for the government's tough stance, after reports three people, including a child, died after a boat carrying more than 160 people sank off Cidaun in western Java at about 2am (AEST) on Wednesday.

Indonesia's rescue agency BASARNAS told AAP there were about 157 survivors.

'We are seeing too many drownings, we are seeing too many sinkings, too many innocent people being lost at sea,' Mr Rudd told reporters in Melbourne.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott pointed to Mr Rudd's record, saying it was his government in 2008 that dismantled the Howard government policies which had 'worked' to stop the boats earlier in the decade.

'This is a tragic reminder of what happens when policy change in Australia puts the people smugglers back in business,' Mr Abbott told reporters on the Gold Coast.

'The only way, I submit, to stop the boats is to change the government.'

Mr Rudd again rejected Mr Abbott's claim the deal with PNG, under which Australia has agreed to provide further aid, was a 'cash splash' that wouldn't be accountable to taxpayers.

'Partisan politics aimed to, frankly, derail the regional resettlement agreement is just an appalling approach to the responsibilities of the highest office of this land,' Mr Rudd said.

PNG High Commissioner Charles Lepani issued a warning to 'Australian politicians to observe international protocols and courtesies ... and not impugn the dignity of our leaders, who are attempting to assist Australia in this very complex regional and international issue of asylum seekers.'

Mr Abbott on Tuesday said PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill made it 'pretty clear' the government had 'subcontracted out to PNG the management of our aid program'.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop added Mr O'Neill 'has claimed and certainly believes that Kevin Rudd has agreed to hand over total control of the entire PNG aid budget'.

In Port Moresby, Mr O'Neill told reporters the resettlement deal was an expansion of the existing aid program.

Sky News

July 23, 2013

WILLFUL CORRUPTION BY CHURCHES

WILLFUL CORRUPTION BY CHURCHES

FUNDAMENTAL corruption in churches today is the translation of scriptures by misquoting the Holy Scriptures inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16) by preachers.  People therefore must be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) to deliver appropriate meaningful messages to the listeners, since the Word has God’s inspiration. Miscalculation of scriptures (Isaiah 28:13) is the main factor in churches that cause obstruction to trigger divisionary and walk-away from the truth to form a church without God. Listed hereunder are various highlights of corrupt practices identified in the churches today;

1. Skipping speaking in tongues. Jesus Christ said; all believers who believe him shall speak in strange tongues (Mark 16:17). “It is a must do.” 

2. Receive Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour. Jesus never said that in any of those four Gospels of (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John), but He only said;shortly you will receive the Holy Spirit, I will send you the Helper (John 13:20), you will receive both the Father and Son through the Spirit.

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3. Should babies be baptized (infant baptism)? Should baptism be sprinkling, pouring, or immersion?How do they know about sin! Jesus Christ showed us the way people should be baptized with full emersion, when he was over 30 years of age (Mathew 3:16-17).

4. Class-ready for six to twelve months exist in churches today is not tolerated by the Bible, thus only engineered by man. How come! Can the creation advice the Creator? Proper Bible way is same day baptism (Acts 19:6) after believing the message, Philip and the Ethiopian official (Acts 8:38).  The above are leads to corruption according to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer survey rated the churches by 7% corrupt.Apostle Paul was and is mindful of those churches sliding away from the original gospel (Gal 1:6-7)taking opposite route abandoning practices adhered through out the early apostolic ages.He therefore gave a stern warning in (v.8) condemning them to hell. It's an important step in retrieving your brain from the trap of religious confusion. Man cannot change the word inspired by the Spirit of God, we should preach as it has been laid (1 Cor 3:11). Jesus Christ describes Peter as a rock where He will build His church through him with no foundations shaken and promises to give him the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mathew 16:18-19).That key was given on the day of Pentecost, which was on Sunday (Acts 2:1-4) the birth of the Christian church took place. Subsequently, after receiving the Holy Spirit, Apostle Peter delivered his first sermon at Jerusalem City Square, telling fellow Israelites that you have killed and crucified the Messiah God has sent. That ignited conviction in their heart, which some 3,000 souls were baptized the same day (Acts 2:41). Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century.But others were preaching different doctrines to sabotage the work of Jesus Christ, so Apostle Paul went on to say these are the people who preach Christ out of jealousy and quarrelsome (Phil 1:15) to hold the Word of God in ransom. What are they after? Christianity is the name given after Jesus Christ.It is noteworthy that people should follow Jesus Christ’s teaching, yet turn and twist the Word to preach with no signs, wonders and miracles following. This is the work of desperate man with selfish ambitions whom invents slide changes in the word for money. It is no surprise that churches are an organization with its constitution and doctrines, which is not similar to each other. People must inherently do customary checks on all churches, (Acts 17:27) by observing what they preach from the pulpit to ascertain whether their preachings are guaranteed by the Holy Bible; otherwise they might be signing death warrants. Likewise you must visit the Revival Fellowship at 9 mile to hear and see for yourself on Sundays. 

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Inglis attacked in racist rant

Inglis attacked in racist rant

Greg Inglis' South Sydney teammates have rallied behind the NRL superstar after he and his wife were targeted in an online racist rant.

Inglis tweeted a screenshot on Tuesday night of the post, left as a comment on an Instagram photo of the Australian Test fullback and his wife Sally.

"I steered (sic) in your face for more than a hour trying to classify your race but I failed I didn't not find any human categories to classify you on it ..." the post read.

The post went on to further disparage Inglis' background and his relationship with his wife.

Inglis re-posted the comment on his Twitter account, with the hashtag "#racism#it#stops#with#me".
Rugby League Super Star. Greg Inglish . AAP Photo

The Queensland representative said he and his wife were "so disgusted" by the attack, which sparked a flood of messages supporting him.

"Thank you all for your support on the matter," Inglis wrote.

Rabbitohs veteran Roy Asotasi added his voice to the chorus of support, saying it was disappointing to hear of the way his friend had been treated.

"It's somebody attacking my teammate," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"You'd like to think that racism is out of the game, or even out of this world. Unfortunately you still get somebody that's on social media that's sitting behind his computer, able to write whatever he desires.

"It's something that you can't stop, you can't prevent. But knowing GI, he's definitely big
ger than that."

Fellow Rabbitoh Nathan Merritt said it was "sad" to see such blatant racism - a sentiment echoed by Bryson Goodwin.

"It's not a nice thing to happen to anybody. We just really need to stamp that (type of) thing out of the game and out of the whole world entirely," Goodwin said.

Two months ago, Inglis featured in the Australian Human Rights Commission's 'Racism. It Stops With Me' campaign, alongside several well-known athletes including hurdler Sally Pearson, basketballer Liz Cambage and AFL star Adam Goodes.

The program's launch coincided with an incident during an AFL match between Sydney and Collingwood at the MCG, when Swans' superstar Goodes was abused by a teenager who called him an ape.

Asotasi was confident Inglis would use the latest incident to drive home the message that racism was unacceptable, including on social media.

"Knowing GI, he's got his own problems. But he's an ambassador to try and stamp racism out of the game and that's something that he'll probably be looking at and trying to help," Asotasi said.

"You had a certain situation with Adam Goodes and GI's been pretty good mates with him and they're working really hard to try to stamp it out."

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Kevin Rudd told to 'come clean' on PNG aid

Kevin Rudd told to 'come clean' on PNG aid

The federal government has accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of putting his personal political interest ahead of the national interest by telling untruths about Labor's plan to stop the flow of asylum seeker boats.

As the countdown to a possible late August election continues, Mr Abbott has questioned the policy to send people to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement, denying them the chance to settle in Australia.

He says people should have been sent to PNG's Manus Island detention centre since the policy was announced on Friday and claims Labor is giving PNG free "cash advances" in return for its agreement.

"You simply can't trust them to put it into practice," Mr Abbott said in Canberra, adding people should be sent to PNG within 24-48 hours of arriving in Australia.

PNG PM Peter O'neil with Mr.Rudd. Image credit: AAP
Immigration minister Tony Burke rejected this, saying that as a former health minister Mr Abbott knew arrivals needed to undergo up to two weeks of health checks and vaccinations before being moved.

"Either he was saying we should be sending people to a situation where they are exposed to fatal diseases or he's setting up a test which he knows we can't meet so that the boats keep coming," Mr Burke said in Sydney on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also weighed in, saying Mr Abbott was doing everything he could to send a mixed message to the people smugglers who charge people between $5000 and $10,000 for the dangerous boat voyage to Australia.

"Mr Abbott, it seems, by his daily statements is sending out a very, very mixed message to people smugglers as to whether this arrangement could stick or work," Mr Rudd said.

"It might be in his personal political interest, but it's not in the national interest."

The cost of the so-called PNG Solution is still to be announced.

In return for its agreement, Australia has offered PNG funding for a hospital redevelopment, university sector reforms and law and order management.

Mr Abbott and his foreign affairs spokeswomen Julie Bishop claim Mr Rudd agreed to "hand over total control" of the $500 million a year aid budget to PNG.

Mr Rudd said that was "100 per cent, rock solid untrue" and accountability measures were in place for development aid projects.

Four boats carrying about 240 people have been intercepted by Australian authorities since Friday, while the first group to be taken to Manus Island is due to be moved within weeks.

Mr Rudd's hard line policy appears to have won some voter support.

The latest Newspoll shows support for Labor on the issue has risen six percentage points to 26 per cent, while support for the coalition dropped 14 points to 33 per cent.

Asylum seeker advocates have blasted the policy as cruel and potentially illegal.

But Manus Island locals are cautiously optimistic about having up to 3000 asylum seekers as neighbours.

Nutt Point village elder Andrew Yanduo said he hoped an increase in asylum seekers would bring with it jobs and development.

"We have the land. The job opportunities are very good. We accept it," he said.

Retailer Joe Ndrassal says he wants to see up to 50,000 asylum seekers resettled on Manus.

"We have heaps of land here in the province, and our population (50,000) is too small," he said.

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July 22, 2013

NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL

NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL

In Papua New Guinea, a spectacular National mask festival is held every year. The 2013 national mask festival was officially opened on day two in West New Britain.
The day began on a higher note with the presence of the Minister of Culture and Tourism Boka Kondra and Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.
The Minister was given a cultural welcome by being hoisted up onto a traditional platform carried by young men from the Masali village in the Kandrian Gloucester District.
A masked fire dancer. EMTV Photo
In his opening remarks, the West New Britain Governor informed the Minister and people that the festival was staged without much assistance from the ministry and congratulated his provincial administration and people for making the event a success.
He also stressed that the West New Britain province makes an economic contribution through logging and oil-palm and appealed to the minister to support their initiatives to bring much infrastructural development in the West New Britain province.
The minister responded by stating the importance of culture saying that PNG does not need achieves of libraries to culture. He says the main vehicle for promoting, preserving and protecting our cultural heritage is through such cultural festivals. EMTV
What will happen to gay asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea?

What will happen to gay asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea?


Papua New Guinea criminalises homosexuality with imprisonment for up to 14 years. Where will this leave refugees persecuted for their identity

For many Australians, these words strike us with considerable irony. In 2010, prior to losing the Labor leadership, prime minister Kevin Rudd denounced a policy shift to the “right” when it came to asylum seekers. This was the same leader who led a government to victory on the basis that offshore processing would be disbanded in favour of more humane and cost effective community-based processing.

Rally in Sydney:Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
Such hope, of course, was cruelly crushed following Rudd's announcement to send all asylum boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea (PNG) last Friday.

Much has been written about the endemic violence in PNG and the absence of effective legal infrastructure to support refugees. However, little has yet been said about another important question: how will lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers fare in a place where their identity is a cause for criminal sanction?

PNG criminalises homosexuality with imprisonment for up to 14 years. The criminal code – largely mirroring many other colonial laws – punishes acts that are deemed “unnatural offences.” With pervasive cultural attitudes that consider gay and lesbian people to be both pathological and perverse, it is unsurprising that such laws specifically prohibit expressions of same-sex relationships.

Under these new proposals, both LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees who arrive by boat would have to contend with a legal system that deems their behaviour immoral and their identities criminal. There is no indication whether PNG would, under their laws, consider such claims to be valid at all. Even here in Australia, where there are no criminal punishments and sexual orientation or gender identity claims are valid, “coming out” can be fraught with anxiety.

Can you imagine then having to disclose that you are being persecuted for being gay, when the place you are seeking asylum in believes you should be locked up for it?

As refugee lawyers Jenni Millbank and Eddie Bruce-Jones point out, criminalising same-sex relationships itself can amount to persecution. Even if the laws are not enforced, they make sexual and gender minorities subject to extortion, abuse and harassment. When turning to the police risks further violence, LGBTI people are forced to occupy positions of secrecy. Locked back into the proverbial closet for fear of being harmed.

On one hand, you risk stigma, punishment and/or rejection by revealing that your sexual orientation or gender identity is the basis of your claim. Alternatively, you can remain silent, and be returned to the country where you faced a well-founded fear of persecution. Either way, it is an impossible Catch-22.

Let’s not forget about the challenges that arise after you are recognsied as a refugee too. How would you fare as a person resettled in a country where you could never express who you were for fear of being prosecuted?

ORAM International, the leading advocacy organisation for LGBTI refugees, recently recommended that resettlement countries like Australia work to ensure that refugees are quickly and carefully resettled within safe communities. Sadly, this will no longer be an option for those who arrive by boat seeking protection. In an attempt to “save lives” and/or “smash the people smugglers’ business model” – depending on which political rhetoric is being invoked at the time – LGBTI asylum seekers will be sacrificed.

We have to ask ourselves: is this the kind of future for Australia that we want to be building?

Elections come and go. Policies shift and change. Human rights abuses, unfortunately, continue to persist globally – 78 countries continue to criminalise same-sex relationships. Whether people manage to get on a boat or not, the absence of safe and legal ways to seek refuge means people will languish either in their home or transit country. Out of sight, out of mind.

Hours after the announcement, foreign minister Bob Carr tweeted: “I promise to stand against homophobia. Always.” Sadly, that promise seems exclude refugees fleeing homophobia. 

For a party that claims to treat asylum seekers with “dignity and compassion” and aims for a world where LGBTI people are “safe, valued, and respected,” the decision to banish asylum seekers arriving by boat to PNG is an extremely odd way to show it. 

The Guardian
 O'Neill unclear on specifics of Rudd government refugee plan

O'Neill unclear on specifics of Rudd government refugee plan

PAPUA New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is unclear on a total quota, cost or how long Australia will foot the bill for the refugee resettlement deal struck with the Federal Government.

Mr O'Neill flew back into a political storm in Port Moresby yesterday after signing the plan in Brisbane on Friday and publicly appealed to his strife-torn nation to accept the agreement.

The Pacific leader revealed the first boatload of asylum seekers to be processed under new rules was due at Manus Island detention centre, 810km north of the capital, within days.

PNG PM Peter O'neil not sure of deal .Couriermail Photo
But he was unable to put a dollar figure on the total cost of the refugee and resettlement program, a time frame on how long it would continue, or how much Kevin Rudd had committed to funding in the enhanced billion-dollar aid budget.

"Costings have not been done. I cannot just simply give you a figure that is imaginary,'' Mr O'Neill said.

"I think Papua New Guinea has done well out of this. It is a good deal for the country.''

Asked how many refugees PNG could realistically accept, Mr O'Neill said he believed the number of boat arrivals, averaging about 100 a day, would drastically fall off under the prospect of resettlement.

"We don't know the numbers yet. I don't think the numbers are going to be as big as what we think. I think there will be a quick decline. You can see from the report that smugglers who are now profiting from this exercise have already said they are going to stop boat people travelling.

"Genuine refugees will still travel but not the economic migrants.

"I think it will fall off and there will be much lower numbers.''

Manus Island facility would be fast-tracked from its present capacity of 250 to house 600 by next year while they would negotiate with other Pacific Island nations to get them to accept a certain quota of genuine refugees, he said.

His decision to support Mr Rudd's political deterrent to resettle genuine refugees who illegally arrive by boat in Australia has caused uproar in the poverty-stricken developing nation with a population of 7 million.

Locals have expressed concern about a "culture clash" and open hostility to the mostly Muslim refugees.

"I think those fears are unfounded, there is nothing in the agreement that says refugees will get priority over our citizens," he said.

"We call ourselves a Christian country. I think we need to show some compassion and some sympathy to genuine refugees.''

Mr O'Neill said it was not a new deal but one struck with the Howard government in 2006, restarted by the Gillard government, and "extended further" by the Rudd Government.

PNG is a land of contrasts full of potential in tourism, mining and a $19 billion gas project.

It is also beset by lawlessness, high unemployment, poverty, crumbling infrastructure and a health, housing and education crisis.

Under the new refugee deal, Australia will half fund the rebuild of PNG higher education system, build a new hospital at Lae, and upgrade the airport, health centres and schools at Manus Island.

PNG Opposition leader Belden Nama said it was an "agreement between two men" and

"Peter O'Neill is making decisions like a chicken with no head," he said.

He said it was kow-towing to old colonial masters.

"Do we need to make money off asylum seekers? No. PNG's problem is not money, but bad financial management."

At the notorious Six Mile market, a haven for violence and petty crime, betel nut seller Grace Moh, 25, said they were deadly opposed to the move.

"We don't want to get corrupted by other cultures," said fellow shopkeeper Obert Baree.

"They come to spoil us."

PNG has passed a motion in Parliament to talk about banning other religions from the Christian-dominated nation.

Courier Mail
NOTORIOUS Papua New Guinea bank robber William Kapris shot dead

NOTORIOUS Papua New Guinea bank robber William Kapris shot dead

NOTORIOUS Papua New Guinea bank robber William Kapris has been killed in a shoot-out with police, ending a nearly three-month man-hunt.
Kapris and his accomplice Raphael Walimini were shot and killed on Monday evening near Bereina government station, about 45km outside of Port Moresby.
"After three months of operations ... today we caught up with him following a tip off from the public," Police Commander Jim Andrews told reporters.
"As we were moving in to apprehend them there was an exchange of fire."
Police had offered a $A100,000 reward for the pair.
No police officers were injured in the shoot-out.
The grounds of Port Moresby General Hospital was teeming with armed police on Monday night.
More than 30 were used in the operation to recapture Kapris, who was known in PNG for a series of robberies at Bank of the South Pacific branches.
Late William Kapis. Getty Image
Kapris and Walimini escaped PNG's Bomana prison on May 14 after walking out the front gate.
In 2010, the country's most wanted serial bank robber escaped from custody in a Toyota truck after taking a warder hostage.
He was aided that time by a woman who, posing as a lawyer, pulled a gun on guards.
He was rearrested a short time later, along with several jail staff who allegedly assisted his escape.
It was not the first time Kapris had escaped PNG's justice system.
Before being captured in 2008, he had been on the run for eight years after escaping police detention while convalescing at Port Moresby General Hospital.
"It cost the government huge sums of money because of his continuous escapes from jail," Commander Andrews said.
"This is the end of the operations to capture him."

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Australia's deal with Papua New Guinea is vulture capitalism at its worst

Australia's deal with Papua New Guinea is vulture capitalism at its worst

Australia's deal with Papua New Guinea is vulture capitalism at its worst
By throwing money at its empoverished neighbour, Australia treats Papua New Guinea with contempt. Once again, it is private companies and not people which will benefit from this move The Australian government’s decision to send all refugee boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a political earthquake. It has nothing to do with alleviating the suffering of asylum seekers – if Canberra cared about it, a regional solution would allow processing of claims in Indonesia – and will further burden a poor neighbour. Some will be licking their lips at the prospect of massively enlarged detention centres
Photograph: Rocky Roe/AFP/Getty
; private companies will make a killing.

Veteran ABC journalist Sean Dorney rightly worries about social cohesion in PNG with the inevitable influx of thousands of people. Local communities there are already concerned that once again, they’re being forgotten. There’s no welfare system in the state, and its health and education infrastructures are crumbling. They’ll rightly wonder why these new arrivals will be treated better than the countless families in squatter settlements, including in the centre of the capital, Port Moresby. 

I visited these areas myself in 2012 and spoke to locals who reminded me that Australian aid, over $500m annually, was having no positive impact on their lives. Prime minister Kevin Rudd’s latest announcement – to improve hospitals and universities in a touching bribe to PNG’s political elites – will be greeted with necessary skepticism by the many citizens who never see a decent hospital or school for their children. 

The problem has never been that Australia gives too much aid; it’s that we’re throwing huge amounts of money to avoid a failed state on our doorstep by backing rapacious mining interests and overpaid consultants. After decades of Australian aid, PNG’s rates of infant mortality, sexual violence against women and corruption have never been worse. 

None of this concerns both major sides of Australian politics. For more than a decade, they’ve outsourced the most unpleasant tasks of refugee processing to largely unaccountable private firms (British multinationals Serco and G4S being the most obvious), and Rudd’s latest moves will inevitably enrich even more of them. G4S, currently embroiled in a massive overcharging investigation case in Britain and facing a civil suit over claims three of its UK security officers assaulted a man while escorting him on a plane during a deportation, was granted an $80m contract by Australia to run the government's facilities on PNG’s Manus Island. Recent revelations in the Guardian reveal that there has been no official oversight of processing times in the UN condemned facility. 
This mirrors my own investigations, assisted by a senior Serco source, that confirms Canberra barely monitors the operation, because Australia so desperately needs the corporation to warehouse individuals and families.

This is the fate now facing PNG, with even more multinationals bidding for influence and profits in a nation whose last government was described by US officials in Wikileaks cables as a “totally dysfunctional blob”. G4S already have a large presence in PNG, I saw local staff guarding many buildings and energy installations last year, and Port Moresby has allowed the company to manage the soon-to-launch Exxon-Mobil LNG plant. 

NGO Jubilee Australia released a 2012 report called Pipe Dreams (disclosure: I offered advice on certain sections and provided some photos) that questioned the Australian government’s financial and rhetoric backing of the $19bn LNG project. “There are serious risks that the revenues generated by the project will not mitigate the negative economic and social impacts of the project”, they argued. “In fact, it is very likely that the Project will exacerbate poverty, increase corruption and lead to more violence in the country.” Remember this is what Australia means when it boasts of assisting our northern neighbour. 

History is repeating. I visited the province of Bougainville in 2012 to witness the aftermath of a civil war between a state and locals who opposed a polluting mine. At least 15,000 people were killed during the conflict in the 1980s and 1990s. Australia backed the PNG government to the hilt, and today there are moves to re-open the copper and gold mine without justice being served for crimes committed or a thorough environmental clean-up. This is how Australia supports PNG. A number of PNG citizens told me they wanted all Australian aid to stop immediately, because we’re forcing on them a development model that is only enriching political and industry elites.Australia’s relationship with PNG since Canberra granted independence in 1975 has been based on paternalism. We have believed that throwing billions of dollars at our former subjects will bring prosperity and security. Former prime minister John Howard proudly wore the title (endorsed by former US President George W Bush) of Australia being "Washington’s deputy sheriff in the Asia-Pacific region". 

The population of PNG knows that we don’t treat them with respect and this latest move against asylum seekers will merely confirm that belief. Tragically, akin to Nauru having no economic alternative to accepting refugees from Australia, PNG is placed in exactly the same position by a regional bully that contributes to both these nations lying in ruin. 

“Stopping the boats” and avoiding people dying at sea is a noble motive if its combined with solutions that place the rights of refugees first. Instead, we’re locked in a battle to punish a tiny fraction of the world’s asylum seekers. 

The idea that refugees are an existential threat to Australia is laughable, but Labor’s so-called PNG solution completely accepts the narrative set by the Liberal Party since before 9/11. It remains almost verboten to argue for open borders in Western political discourse. An Indonesian people smuggler has already told ABC that the “PNG solution” may reduce the boats “for a while”. But at what cost? Using PNG as a dumping ground for an Australian political problem is guaranteed to breed resentment in a country most of our media studiously ignores. 

Australia treats its neighbours with contempt. As soon as the latest contortions of refugee policy were announced last week, I tweeted that Australia could possibly expect international sanctions, not unlike against Israel due to its human rights abuses of Palestinians. If we flagrantly ignore international law and morality while locking up the most vulnerable people on the planet in privatised centres, we deserve nothing less. The Guardian