There has been significant reporting in the media on events at the Manus Regional Processing Centre (RPC). Let me start by saying I am disturbed by the reports coming out of the centre, including non-compliant behaviour and self-harm.
I am equally disturbed by the actions of those who appear to be supporting and encouraging this behaviour as a form of protest. I call on those advocates who are fostering this environment to cease their irresponsible actions.
The Government of Papua New Guinea is responsible for the management of the Manus Regional Processing Centre and Australia continues to provide support and assistance. This support is unwavering.
I am not in the business of providing a running commentary of events at the RPC, and I am not going to be drawn into responding to every rumour or allegation about what is or isn't happening at the Centre.
A number of transferees are currently engaged in a protest within the Manus Regional Processing Centre. There are currently a number of transferees who have engaged in self-harm, and they are being offered appropriate medical care.
There are also a number of transferees who are engaging in fluid and food refusal, and these transferees are also being offered appropriate support.
I have full confidence in my Department and the service providers that these matters are being handled with utmost professionalism and care.
Make no mistake – no amount of agitation and non-compliant behaviour will change the fact that transferees will never be settled in Australia.
The Australian Government's toughest border protection measures ever have not changed. Anyone who comes to Australia illegally by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.
As the new Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, I will not waiver on this.