Australia’s offshore refugees lose court action. But there’s a twist to the ruling, says lawyer


Around 600 refugees have been held for years on a remote island detention centre by the Australian government. But now Papua New Guinea (PNG) authorities, acting in conjunction with the Australian government, have stopped all food, running water and electricity getting through to the centre. An injunction sought to end this blockade, but failed. However, the court ruled that the refugees were no longer the responsibility of Australia. And as one lawyer pointed out, the implications of that could be enormous.

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