Immigration detention centre re-opened in WA’s remote north-west


A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship said last night a former immigration detention facility in Western Australia’s north-west is expected to receive detainees in two weeks time, after a decision to re-open it.

The spokesman told four triple zed news two hundred and sixty beds were expected to be available at the detention centre, after work is done to make sure basic accomodation standards are met. The centre was closed in 2002.

The centre is at the Curtin air force base, near Derby, almost eighteen hundred kilometres north-east of Perth (see map)

The decision to re-open the detention centre comes after a series of statements by senior Liberal Party figures blaming the Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, for recent arrivals of asylum-seekers by boat. However research published on the Crikey.com.au website last December demonstrates Australia gets more asylum-seekers arriving by boat during wars and disasters overseas, not because of Government policy.

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