Bul­let use de­fended

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has de­fended the use of ‘‘bean bag bul­lets’’ by Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice of­fi­cers to quell a riot at the Christ­mas Is­land de­ten­tion cen­tre.

The gov­ern­ment has come un­der fire from refugee sup­port groups.

Bean­bag bul­lets are rounds of lead shot in a tough fab­ric bag to min­imise in­jury.

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Chris Bowen has an­nounced an in­quiry into the riot.

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