Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre | 2019-02-14 | daily-sun.com

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

    13th February, 2019 10:36:25 printer

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

SYDNEY: A controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island is to reopen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday, as he doubled down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat, reports AFP.  Morrison approved the reopening of the remote facility—closed just months ago—claiming new laws just passed by parliament would increase the number of people trying to arrive in Australia illegally.

On Tuesday and Wednesday parliament rebuffed government warnings and adopted legislation opening the door for some of the 1,000 refugees detained in existing offshore centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island to travel to Australia for medical treatment if the transfers are requested by two or more doctors.


Top