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[Editorial] Australia’s offshore refugee policy in disarray

Australia’s contentious way of dealing with refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat, long condemned by human rights organisations, has come under renewed attack and public scrutiny. On April 26, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) ruled that the offshore detention centre on Manus Island, PNG, which had been used by Australia under the so-called Pacific Solution, was unconstitutional and ordered its closure. In its ruling, the court said that the centre violated the detainees’ rights to personal liberty under the PNG constitution.

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