For the 286th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

The five judges of the PNG Supreme Court ruled unanimously last year that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus island was both illegal and unconstitutional. PNG's Prime Minister O'Neill has said that Australia must make 'alternative arrangements.' Ferrovial/Transfield, who run the camp under contract to the Australian government has said they will no longer run detention centres. In fact, they can break their contract at any time, since an illegal contract is unenforceable. Further, the Ferrovial employees are risking imprisonment of up to three years by continuing to work on Manus and Nauru. Professor Blackshield said that Australian government members could be charged with criminal conduct as the contracting principals of the detention centres.

The onus of changing the policy and making alternative arrangements belongs entirely to the Australian government. Why has this not been done?