Threats of using force against detainees at the Manus Island detention centre are unprecedented and potentially highly dangerous, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.
“The instructions for this threat have no doubt come directly from Dutton’s office,” Senator McKim, who is in Papua New Guinea, said.
“These men are Australia’s responsibility and remain so. They are in Maclolm Turnbull’s care as he proved when he knocked back New Zealand’s offer to resettle some of the men.”
“Lives are now at risk because of Dutton’s escalation of a humanitarian emergency of his very own making.”
“If people are hurt or worse their blood will be on the hands of Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull. The men on Manus must be evacuated to safety immediately.”