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The PNG government has conceded that the Manus facility must close. But while tearing down the fences would be a significant step, the real issue is not the future of the facility itself but of the 854 men trapped inside it.

I was on Manus Island last week. I saw firsthand what is – and what always has been – a dead-end arrangement destined to produce nothing but human suffering. These are innocent people in our care. They are our responsibility, and successive governments have forced them down an unsafe and painful road to nowhere for more than three years.

Daniel Webb, has recently returned from his third trip to Manus Island. Join Daniel Webb in conversation with Madeline Gleeson, author of Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, to discuss the current situation on the ground, the future of the Manus arrangements and alternatives to the current deadlock in the Australian asylum seeker policy debate. This Sydney event is organised in partnership with the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

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