Cathy McGowan, the MP for Indi, calls for federal action to address the conditions of refugees in Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island on Papua New Guinea, as services are withdrawn ahead of its closure. ‘My office is flooded with letters, phone calls, calls of the heart [from her constituents]’. McGowan says she has spoken with the office of minister Peter Dutton, who has explained the law. But she says Australia is too ‘legalistic’ on this issue. ‘Of course its important to follow the rules – but to lose our heart, to lose our care? … While the law is important, the heart is more important’

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