Speaking to Mark Davis, the former Head of Occupational Health and Safety, Rod St George, makes a series of disturbing allegations about conditions at the Australian-run centre.
“I’ve never seen human beings so destitute, so helpless and so hopeless before,” he tells Mark, as he describes repeated instances of rape and sexual abuse between asylum seekers with the full knowledge of staff.
With no facilities to segregate or remove the abusers, Mark hears of the desperation for those continually being abused while waiting months for their asylum applications to be processed… St George says attempted suicides and self-harming are now an ‘almost daily’ occurrence.
Dateline's whistleblower interview follows Mark’s disturbing story two months ago about life at Manus Island, when Australian officials at the detention centre went to great lengths to stop him filming.
Mark also puts the latest allegations to Australia’s new Immigration Minister Tony Burke, and asks him what he plans to do about it.
Mark's story was a finalist in the 2014 Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report.