He said the base was clearly of benefit to Australia and the US and in response to the growing influence of China in the region. “That has to come at a price,” he said. “You can’t just come in and expect me to welcome you, and face all the social problems, while your people are safe in Australia and America. “If there is a war we are the first ones to face the missiles and you will be safe in your country.”
Australia has 'tarnished' Manus Island and military base isn't welcome, governor says
Nobody has spoke to us - Manus governor
the Opposition is already considering pursuing legal avenues against the plan, due to the lack of government consultation with the local community.