The secrecy surrounding offshore detention has allowed the government to consistently make false claims about it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused me on Tuesday, and others, of encouraging detainees at the Manus Island detention centre to stay put. He’s clearly not happy with their decision to defy his government’s efforts to coerce them out by cutting off the essentials of life.

His untrue and offensive claims are based on the false premise that the detainees do not have agency, and are incapable of making their own decisions. It is the latest insult from a government that has consistently sought to degrade and dehumanise people seeking asylum and refugees.

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