Im­mi­gra­tion hous­ing cen­tre to close

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT -

THE Perth Im­mi­gra­tion Res­i­den­tial Hous­ing cen­tre in Redcliffe is set to be closed at the end of this year due to il­le­gal ar­rivals be­ing stopped from com­ing to Aus­tralia in boats.

The de­ten­tion cen­tre was opened in 2007 and is one of four in Aus­tralia that will be closed, sav­ing $39.1 mil­lion over four years, ac­cord­ing to Swan MP Steve Irons.

Mr Irons said stop­ping the boats un­der Op­er­a­tion Sov­er­eign Bor­ders has had div­i­dends for the na­tion’s fi­nances.

“The suc­cess the Gov­ern­ment has had in stop­ping the boats and se­cur­ing Aus­tralia’s Bor­ders will make a con­tri­bu­tion to the fed­eral bud­get,” Mr Irons said.

“It is a re­minder of the im­por­tance of bor­der se­cu­rity to this coun­try and also of the chaos that oc­curred when the previous La­bor Gov­ern­ment weak­ened Aus­tralia’s bor­ders, lead­ing to 50,000 il­le­gal ar­rivals on 800 boats and over 1200 deaths at sea.”

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton said in stop­ping the boats, the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment had halted the flow of il­le­gal ar­rivals into de­ten­tion cen­tres.

“The clo­sures are part of a com­pre­hen­sive long-term plan for the im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion net­work and will oc­cur pro­gres­sively be­tween 2016 and 2018,” Mr Dut­ton said.

Dur­ing 2016-17 Aus­tralia will con­tinue its re­set­tle­ment pro­gram, with 13,750 places avail­able in the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Pro­gram to those most at risk.

By 2018-19 Aus­tralia’s Hu­man­i­tar­ian Pro­gram will in­crease to 18,750 places. Up to 190,000 places will be avail­able for per­ma­nent mi­gra­tion in 2016-17.

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