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Politics in the Pub - Manus Island Detainees

The Stag & Hunter Hotel
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Australia's controversial policy towards asylum seekers is once again at the forefront of political discussion.

Hundreds of asylum seekers remained detained on Manus Island, in spite of the controversial deal with the United States to swap their own refugees for those on the island. Confusion about the deal has been ripe, however, as details on the number and the obligation of the US remains unclear, as does President Trump's stance on the affair.

We have also witnessed the creation of the Home Affairs Ministry under the control of Peter Dutton, and recently an asylum seeker family from Sri Lanka was almost removed from Australia after being removed from their home in Biloela, Queensland, by the Australian Border Force.

Join Politics in the Pub in April to discuss the implication of these developments, what it means for the people still on Manus island, and what can be done about their situation. What obligations does Australia have towards people seeking asylum? Is stopping the boats truly the best policy? What has been the experience for those detained?

Our guest speaker will be Father Rob Bower.

Father Bower is an outspoken priest with the Anglican Church, Gosford Parish. He is a prominent social media personality on social and political issues, including gay marriage, asylum seekers and gun control.