Tony Abbott Says Australians Are "Sick Of Being Lectured By The United Nations"
UN expert hits back at PM's comments after he questions report into torture.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a report by the UN that finds Australia's treatment of asylum seekers breaches the Torture Convention.
The report says Australia's indefinite detention of asylum seekers, the harsh conditions and frequent outbreaks of violence inside the Manus Island detention centre violates its obligations under the Convention against Torture.
Tony Abbott says "Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations."
Mr Abbott went on to question the credibility of the United Nations investigators:
So, what has the government's asylum seeker policy actually achieved?
In the press conference Monday, Mr Abbott defended the conditions on Manus Island as "reasonable" and said all of the basic needs of the detainees were being met.
UPDATE: UN investigator Juan Mendez has responded to the criticism, saying Tony Abbott needs to respect his organisation.
Mr Mendez told Fairfax that Mr Abbott 's response to the report was combative and described the government's reaction to his concerns as "insufficient".
"I think we in the United Nations also deserve respect and I wish the Prime Minister had taken my views on this more seriously and engaged with my rapporteurship more constructively.
"That is what I have always tried to do and I am still available for a constructive conversation."
But the UN rapporteur says he is glad that the report has sparked debate about the issue in Australia.
"At least we are getting a robust debate in Australia, and that's more important to me than the initial reaction of government," he told ABC's AM program.
"In many other cases we get governments that either brush us off or don't respond at all, so I'd rather get an intemperate response than no response.
"And in the meantime if we can help stir some debate, because I know that the debate is already going on in Australia with or without my participation, I think that's a way things can correct, and performance of government can get improved."