Let us face it, it is not illegal to seek asylum in another country. On 31st of August, the High Court of Australia ruled the “Malaysia Solution” as simply invalid and unlawful; which demonstrated public expression of relief when this outcome was announced. However, it led to a game by which the government had to find a different direction to run from this issue. Although the re-considered direction of the Pacific solution, Nauru and Manus Island, was ruled out by high court, there are still continuing discussions about which island other than the island called Australia to process asylum seekers.
As a Papua New Guinean, it is unjust to consider Papua New Guinea as an option when it is a country of political unrest, and the citizens have limited rights and access to health and education. The Government is truly shifting their responsibilities and adding excessive issues onto a country which the government cannot even look after its own people. As the first boat arrives since the Malaysia solution failure, will the government ever face the fact that it is legal to seek asylum in Australia? And, what are they attempting to achieve by breaking the people smugglers business model? The answer is no; they will never face that fact. With the Federal Government close to signing off the new asylum seeker policy, they are selfishly attempting to break the hope of these people; the hope for new beginnings.