The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruling today that Australia’s Manus Island detention centre is illegal surely means the end of the offshore detention of asylum seekers who have attempted to get to Australia by boat.

Australia must immediately respect the Court ruling, promptly shut the centre down and transport all of the detainees to Australia for processing of their claims for asylum.

And while they’re at it, the Australian Government should take the opportunity to shut down the Nauru detention centre as well because if that failing state had any half-decent legal system it too would make a finding similar to PNG.

The fact is offshore processing is illegal under international law and now has been found to be illegal under at least one country’s domestic law. It’s also always been deeply unethical and a gaping hole in Australia’s soul.

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