12 Nov 2014

PNG asylum seekers plea for Palmer Party

9:20 am on 12 November 2014

More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea have appealed to the Palmer United Party over its planned deal with the Australian government.

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says they have sent a hand written letter to the party leader, Clive Palmer, to ensure they are not excluded from the Asylum Seekers Legacy Bill.

The party backs the government's proposal under which asylum seekers who arrived after the 19th July last year, but who have not been sent to Manus or Nauru, will be processed and allowed to resettle in Australia, in return for the re-instatement of temporary protection visas.

The letter appeals to Mr Palmer not to ignore the fate of those on Manus, who arrived on the same boats as those on Christmas Island, but who were arbitrarily selected and sent to PNG.