Update on the controversy surrounding the Biennale of Sydney and Australia's policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers
In our last post on the controversy surrounding the Biennale of Sydney and its links with Australia's policy of mandatory detention for asylum seekers we summarised key developments and suggested that the actions of the artists who threatened to withdraw from the event had put the spotlight on the privatisation of Austrlalia's offshore detention policy and not on the policy itself.
“Why do we have to detain them for? We Manus people love to look after people, not detaining them. We don't like it. We don't like the way the Australians are treating this detention centre. That's what we are cross about. These people were seeking for asylum. We should be helping them.”
This report follows a no-holds-barred interview with a guard at the Manus Island detention centre. After the unrest a the centre earlier this year, where an asylum seeker lost his life, he decided to go public with his concerns in an interview published by the Australian edition of The Guardian. View interview.
Image: Manus Island detention centre