Does anybody know where the Gillard government plans to put 4,000 refugees when they arrive from Malaysia?
Presumably they’ll be subjected to the same ASIO security checks as are the other people already granted refugee status in Australia. Even after achieving this status, refugees continue to be held in mandatory detention until the ASIO checks are complete.
Does this mean we’ll need detention facilities for 4,000 more while their security status is established? How long will this take?
How will ASIO, already apparently already coping with a backlog, handle an influx of 4000 refugees needing security scrutiny before they are allowed to start their lives in the community?
There are already some 1000 genuine refugees being held in detention, some for up to 12 months, awaiting ASIO clearance. Chris Bowen has vowed not to compromise our security systems.
Will the Gillard government change the rules for the arrivals from Malaysia, and allow them into the community while their security checks are conducted? How would that move contribute to the discontent of all those refugees who are already detained behind the razor wire? Will she let them out? Who will care for the unaccompanied minors we send to Malaysia? Are the feminists still happy with our first female Prime Minister?
Oh, what interesting times in which we live!
- Security checks on asylum seekers fast-tracked (theage.com.au)
- Close the border and stop this shonky Malaysia deal (thepunch.com.au)