Immigration housing centre to close
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.