Manus ‘residents’ inquiry to continue

Ian Molloy, lawyer representing Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato as well as the Chief Migration officer, Mataio Rabura, moved the application today asking the high court to halt the inquiry on grounds it was not proper.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said the inquiry will proceed and told parties to provide details of an Australian Government representative who will later be asked to give a statement to the court. This is to show where the Australian Government is in terms of orders issued in April to shut down the asylum processing centre in Manus.

UN calls for independent inquiry into students’ shooting

In a statement, the UN said: “We are deeply concerned about the unrest in Papua New Guinea, and particularly the events of Wednesday, June 8, when police opened fire at student protestors who were preparing to march to Parliament in Port Moresby, injuring a number of students, some of whom remain hospitalised.

“We are aware that the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary’s Commissioner has announced an inquiry into the incident.