Knight: Move refugees, asylum seekers out!

Manus MP Ronny Knight wants to see refugees and asylum seekers in the province moved out as soon as possible.

He has called on the Australian Government to return those allegedly involved in the rape of a local, for investigations.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the weekend announced the one-off refugee resettlement deal between Australia and the US for people on Manus Island and Nauru to be moved to the United States.

Turnbull, alongside Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, over the weekend said the deal would only apply to those currently on Nauru and Manus Island. 

The Manus MP is now calling on the relevant authorities working on the repatriation to make it happen as soon as possible.

“The community and the asylum seekers have now been advised that this is to happen soon and they should not be held anymore in suspense but allowed to get on with their lives after almost 4 years of incarceration,” Knight said.

He said the Manus people, affected by these people's behaviour, are also looking forward to their departure forthwith.

“I also again call on the Australian Government to return the three Wilson Security personnel for investigation of the alleged rape of their local colleague and the use of drugs in the incident.

“I also demand that the two expats detailed in the Reza Berati murder be also repatriated and demand that this not be swept under the table.

“It is shameful that my people have been harmed by the very people that were here to work with them.

“I call on both governments not to lose focus on these crimes against PNG citizens. Justice is not blind,” Knight added.

“I believe that Manus and PNG are not colonies of Australia and therefore our laws must be respected."

Sally Pokiton