Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Oscar compound in the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea, 21 March 2014.
July 18, 2018
It's been five years since the Australian government began refusing mainland resettlement for asylum seekers detained at offshore prison camps. Supporters of the government's hardline stance against illegal immigration say the policy has successfully deterred people smugglers and illegal boat arrivals. But human rights advocates say the government has created an inhumane system of indefinite detention for people already escaping persecution. We'll discuss conditions at Pacific Island prisons including Manus Island and Nauru and ask whether asylum seeker policies need to change.