Australia must take Manus threat seriously


By Jeffrey Wall*

The Australian government must take very seriously the threat to the Manus Island joint naval base project outlined recently by a senior minister in Papua New Guinea’s government.

The fact that the man concerned—Foreign Minister Patrick Pruaitch—has since been suspended from office does not in any way lessen the urgency the Australian government must give to ensuring the signature project under its ‘Pacific step-up’ proceeds.

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