Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus

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Open letter begs Australian government to restore essential services to detention centre and to let doctors treat men there

Twelve former Australians of the Year have condemned the actions of the Australian government on Manus Island, as Papua New Guinean police and immigration officers entered the detention centre on Thursday morning, demanding that detainees leave.

The open letter, signed by Australians of the Year between 1983 and 2015, pleaded with the Australian government to restore essential services and allow doctors to treat the 380 men who remain inside the centre.

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