To prove that empathy may be truly dead, the PNG government is now turning Manus Island into a corporate tax haven.
To prove that irony is dead, and perhaps pointing to the fact that we’re living in a dystopia, the Papuan government has this morning announced that Manus Island is set to become a corporate tax-free zone.
James Marape, the prime minister of PNG confirmed that “Manus will be declared as the first corporate tax-free zone in our country,” as a means to reverse the negative view the island has in the world’s eye. The Guardian confirmed that they “intend to remove impediments in the system so that you will have ease of doing business…we want to remove impediments in the system so that your project submissions, you’re dealing with government, is done with less blockages,” Marape said.
As far as public relation moves go, ok, but I can only see this through the prism of Australia, and indeed, what fellow Australians will do. After all, Manus Island is already home to the questionable Paladin contract, one can only assume that taking advantage of a Panama on our doorstep is a foregone conclusion. One can also assume that stacking wealth on the same sandy shale that also indefinitely houses those who are mostly choosing suicide, will not twig.
Do the maths and you’ll see that keeping refugees on Nauru and Manus Island costs Australian taxpayers 56 times more than it would to have them live among us.https://t.co/DbwteSVSyX
— The Big Smoke (@TheBigSmokeAU) June 20, 2019
It has been reported last night that Peter Dutton believes that those on Manus and Nauru are now lying about being raped, explaining to Sky News that he believes that “some people are trying it on,” he said. “Let’s be serious about this. There are people who have claimed that they’ve been raped and came to Australia to seek an abortion because they couldn’t get an abortion on Nauru. They arrived in Australia and then decided they were not going to have an abortion. They have the baby here and the moment they step off the plane their lawyers lodge papers in the federal court which injuncts us from sending them back.”
Using history as a rule, when empathy leaves a place, those looking to financially benefit from it soon follow.