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March 9, 2021

Knight Disappointed With Treatment to Manus People

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By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Lorengau

Manus MP, Ronnie Knight, is frustrated with criminal issues occuring in Manus.

Mr Knight says incidents like the alleged rape of the local girl and death of the Iranian refugee has seen no intervention and swept under the carpet.

The Manus MP wants the suspects to be flown back to Papua New Guinea for investigations and justice applied.

“It seems quite easy to break PNG laws and escape from our land,” said MP Knight.

“These issues have to be dealt with,” he added.

Knight said Manus people have been neglected while Australians walk away freely.

Another issue Mr Knight raised is the illegal dumping in parts of Los Negros. He says this has caused environmental damages.

“This would not have happened if it was in Australia,” Knight said.

He added that agreements for the Regional Processing Centre is a dismay to the people of Manus.

Knight said signed contracts, for example, where drivers have not paid well.

“Disparity in wages between local Manus people and Australians is a slap to the people of Manus,” Knight said.

The Manus MP said Papua New Guineans should be paid equally like Australian workers.

Adding on to the issues, Mr Knight said the Momote-Lorengau Road is not completed as stated in the contract, according to benefits of the Regional Processing Centre.

MP Knight is calling on state ministers and government agencies to act and solve these issues before locals in Manus address these problems on their own.

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