Asylum seekers

Curtin Detention Centre closing

The government intends to close Curtin Detention Centre in mid 2015.

It is one of five onshore detention centres being shut down as a cost-cutting measure.

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Friday, May 9th, 2014 Derby, Government Comments Off

Derby: Detention centre could close

The ABC says Derby is bracing itself for the loss of the Curtin Detention Centre.

The new Federal Government is reviewing all of its mainland detention centres, which means Curtin could close again.

A Chamber of Commerce representative said much of the town’s economy was “geared” towards servicing the centre.

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 Derby, Government Comments Off

Shane Van Styn on border protection

Nationals candidate made his position on asylum seekers very clear.

“Operation Sovereign Borders is a joint Liberal-National Coalition Policy which will be supported by Shane Van Styn should he be elected on September 7,” Mr Van Styn said.

He was commenting on television ads claiming the Nationals did not support the Liberals’ offshore processing policy.

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Monday, August 26th, 2013 Government, Oil and gas Comments Off

Shane Van Styn on asylum seekers

Nationals candidate Shane Van Styn says he support the coalition’s offshore processing policy for asylum seekers.

He said the Liberal Party had been running ads claiming The National Party did not support offshore processing.

“It is deliberately misleading, but not at all surprising given the way the major parties campaign,” he said.

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 Government, Opinion Comments Off

Melissa Price on asylum seekers

Liberals candidate Melissa Price says the Federal Labor government has seen 50,000 asylum seekers arrive by boat.

“This is a terrible milestone,” Ms Price said.

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Monday, August 12th, 2013 Government, Opinion Comments Off

Dampier Peninsula: Asylum seeker boat stopped

Authorities stopped a boat full of asylum seekers, most of whom are thought to be Vietnamese.

The boat was intercepted just 28 nautical miles from Dampier Peninsula and about 50 kilometres north of Broome.

The 84 asylum seekers have been transferred to Curtin Detention Centre.

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Monday, July 15th, 2013 Broome, Derby, Police and courts Comments Off

Barry Haase on people smugglers

Local member Barry Haase says people smugglers are one step ahead of the government.

Barry Haase MHR

Barry Haase MHR

“The Government’s refusal to set up family processing facilities on Nauru in the first instance as suggested by the Liberal Party, preferring Manus Island where conditions and arrangements were completely unacceptable has left the policy stranded and provides people smugglers with a dangerous new incentive to put families and kids on boats,” Mr Haase says.

“The people smugglers now know that the easiest way around the Pacific Solution is to put a whole family on the boat, children with parents who are willing to risk drowning a child for the sake of a foot in Australia.”

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 Government Comments Off

Derby: Plan to release asylum seeker families

The government plans to release asylum seeker families into the community after several months’ detention at Curtin.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 Derby, Government Comments Off
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