Monday, 17 April 2006

Detention plan stir rebel Libs, The Australian, 17 April, 2006. Page One. Additional Reporting.

Detention plans stir rebel Libs: [2 All-round First Edition]

The Government's decision to force all illegal arrivals, including children, who reach mainland Australia by boat into offshore immigration detention centres could sideline reforms introduced in June in response to a backbench revolt led by Liberal MP Petro Georgiou.
Mr Georgiou, who is in a bitter preselection battle to retain his seat of Kooyong in Melbourne, led a campaign last year that saw the Government soften its detention policy, including removing children from detention centres and putting them into community detention.
The Opposition sought to capitalise on the ructions within the Government, with Labor immigration spokesman Tony Burke warning that a range of reforms introduced last year in relation to children and families in detention were under threat. Mr Burke said there was no official classification of the Nauru and Manus Island facilities as detention centres, leaving open the prospect of children being locked up.

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