The fate of 850 detainees in Manus Island’s detention centre remains uncertain after the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court demanded the centre be closed.
Peter Dutton has revealed potential plans to prevent detainees from resettling in Australia. The fate of these asylum seekers is to be discussed with PNG officials in Canberra.
“The men from Manus Island will not be settling permanently in Australia and we will work with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government to help them return home or back to third countries,” he told the Today Show.
This morning he said there was enough capacity [on Nauru] to absorb the extra 850 detainees “but we’re talking with the PNG Government about what options are available … and we’ll continue those discussions with them.”
Labor to appoint disability commissioner if elected
Opposition leader Bill Shorten will appoint a disability commissioner to Australia’s Human Rights Commission (HRC)S if Labor wins the general election in July.
Shorten announced “Discrimination against people with disabilities is still far too common in Australia. People with disability face discrimination in the workplace, when accessing services and in the community… That’s why Australia needs a dedicated disability discrimination commissioner – because people with disability deserve a powerful voice to advocate their interests.”
There was previously a separate commissioner representing the disabled, but that role was scrapped under Tony Abbott.
Australian gun ownership rises
As Australia marks the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre, Australian gun owners have effectively replaced the million guns destroyed in the landmark Howard gun buyback.
Mr Philip Alpers, a researcher attached to the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health says Australians have bought 1,026,000 new guns since the buyback in 1996. “Australia claims to have ‘solved the gun problem’, yet this could be a temporary illusion,” he said.
Though the number of gun owners had decreased they now held more guns: “Until recently the average Australian shooter owned three to five firearms. The same people now keep a larger collection, and a proportion of those guns continue to leak into the illicit market.”
Bulldogs fan penalised for throwing bottle
A Canterbury Bulldogs fan who threw a glass bottle at the opposition during an NRL game has been put on a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $600. At the time, match commentators said he should be banned for life.
The incident happened in the second half of the Bulldogs v Canberra Raiders match at Belmore Oval last month. A Sydney Court heard that he smuggled a bourbon bottle into the match then threw it towards the Raiders bench where children were watching the game. The NRL and the Bulldogs club are expected to impose a lengthy ban on the father of four. – Jameel Khan and Jesse Mullens
Screengrab from the Today Show.