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  1. Robin Davies
    Robin Davies February 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Readers might be interested in this handy compilation of information on offshore processing from 2012 to the end of 2016, prepared by Australia’s Parliamentary Library and drawn mainly from Department of Immigration and Border Protection monthly statistical reports. It supports the suggestion above with respect to annual costs, among other things.

    One point that I would highlight is that of the 2017 people who have now received status determinations from the PNG and Nauru governments, 80% were found to be refugees. The proportion might well have been higher, at least after appeals, if they had been processed within Australia.

  2. Elizabeth Morgan
    Elizabeth Morgan February 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    A thoughtful and insightful article Emma which exposes how reckless and damaging the decisions on immigration and refugees, of successive governments involving both major parties, have been to our (Australia’s) reputation, our own record on the rule of law and probity, and our relationships with our closest neighbour PNG. It is hard to overstate the long term consequences to the relationships and to the way in which we are seen now by the people of PNG. In the same process we have probably done untold damage to PNG’s image thus potentially further damaging it economically.

    Thank you.

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