Manus Island & The Ministry Of Truth

“Do you not begin to see, then, what kind of world it is we are creating? A world of fear and treachery, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world that will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.” 
George Orwell, 1984.

Calm has returned to Oceania, according to the Ministry of Truth.

This follows two “incidents” on Manus Island among enemies of the state, known as “transferees”.


A transcript of the first Newspeak conference by Big Brother follows:

“I understand that last night there were 35 transferees who, following a meeting with some of the local centre staff about a range of issues, took down a section of fence and they absconded from the centre.”

For proles who continue to converse in Oldspeak, here is the translation:

“People who were locked up, after fleeing persecution or poverty, became angry after being told their futures were uncertain. They rioted, smashing bunk beds, tearing down fences, and destroying tents, before escaping.”

But Magnus Frater, Scott Morrison, says there’s no need for alarm: All staff members are safe from harm.

He says they were evacuated when “low level demonstrations resumed” before a “second incident”, which involved “transferees breaching internal and external perimeter fences”.

In a second Newspeak conference, the Dear Leader says it is his “great regret” to report one transferee is “deceased”, another is in a critical condition, while 13 are seriously injured.

However, he chides the “protesters” for placing “themselves at great risk”.

Furthermore, anyone caught considering compassion towards transferees will be charged with thoughtcrime.

Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition, has been sent to Room 101 for crimethink, after alleging our allies, the PNG police and local citizens, carried out “savage attacks”, including “bashings, cuts from machetes”.

He’s been joined by Marni Cordell, from New Matilda, who reported that police came into the compound and opened fire.

Insiders host Barrie Cassidy has also been arrested by the Thought Police, for challenging Ingsoc in this interview via the enemy of the state, the ABC:

BARRIE CASSIDY: How many Australian naval ships entered Indonesian territorial waters in December and January?

SCOTT MORRISON: Well that’s a matter for a review that’s currently in the process of being finalised and briefed to our regional partners and that’s something that there will be a bit more said about once the unclassified version of that report, which is going and has been overseen by the CDF and the chief executive of Customs once the unclassified report is published, then those matters can be addressed there.

BARRIE CASSIDY: Do you know the answer to the question?

SCOTT MORRISON: Of course I do.

BARRIE CASSIDY: Why can’t you tell us now?

SCOTT MORRISON: Because that is the subject of a report which has gone to the CDF and has gone to the chief executive of Customs and the appropriate way for their report to be released is on, is in the manner that they’ve determined.

BARRIE CASSIDY: But why would that piece of information be in any way, why would it compromise the Government’s position?

SCOTT MORRISON: I’m not going to pre-empt the report Barrie, that’s all I’m saying.

He’s been labelled a crimethinker for this particular passage, to be “rectified” by the Records Department:

BARRIE CASSIDY: Three days ago an Indian student took his own life at a detention centre in Melbourne. He was in that centre because he overstayed his visa. Could that have been avoided?

SCOTT MORRISON: Could he have avoided overstaying his visa?


The ABC, along with Fairfax, has been accused of “malreporting”.

According to a Fairfax poll, two-thirds of people believe there should be an investigation into claims detainees transferees’ hands were burned deliberately by border protection authorities.

B.B. says these are “unsubstantiated claims… without evidence… without facts to back them up”.

For a correct(ed) record of event, he refers citizens to The Australian newspaper.

These incidents occur on the eve of Hate Week, during which residents are reminded to rally against the resistance.

Mr. Morrison plans to use the event to remind transferees of the futility of dreaming about The Golden Country.

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”

Are you sick of the federal government’s secrecy and its use of weasel words? How can a “riot” be described as an “incident”? When did “detainees” become “transferees”? Are we living in an Orwellian dystopia? Where loss of life is simply a bureaucratic setback?