On Tuesday morning, a final notice was posted by local immigration authorities on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. It read in part: “The Manus RPC will close at 5pm today. All power and water will cease. There will be no food supplied. Move to alternative accommodation now. Anyone choosing to remain here will be liable for removal from an active PNG base. This is the last communication you will receive at this location.”

“Mortifying days and nights,” one man tells Martin McKenzie-Murray. “It’s almost impossible to live in a tropical region without food, water and electricity as well as a complete denial of security in and around the compound in a hostile atmosphere.”

Plus: Paul Bongiorno on what Malcolm Turnbull means by “business as usual”, and Karen Middleton on the dual citizenship crisis.

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