Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Manus Death a New Low Forpolicy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Manus Death a New Low Forpolicy

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

REFUGEE support groups fear more people will die before Australia scraps the Manus Island detention centre where 77 people were injured and one man died on Monday night.

Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer said yesterday it was inevitable that tensions would explode.

He said people were being locked up without being charged, children had been locked up and deprived an education and babies had been taken from their mothers.

"There was always going to be an explosion,'' Mr Palmer said.

"This is a sad day for Australia and for all veterans who fought against tyranny in the Second World War to stop people being placed in detention and interment.''

The 500 members of the Sunshine Coast-based Buddies refugee support group will petition politicians to close the centre and adopt a more humane approach to refugees.

Spokeswoman Lindell Greggery said Australia had reached a new low in its treatment of refugees.

Police and Papua New Guinea residents used guns, clubs and machetes to attack refugees after two days of disturbances at the centre.

Two men, one with gunshot wounds and the other with a fractured skull, have been brought to Australia for treatment.

"Just when you think it can't get any worse, it does,'' Ms Greggery said

"Mr Morrison (Immigration Minister) speaks about staff protecting infrastructure. …

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