After many years and hundreds of millions of dollars, the new immigration jail detention centre on Christmas Island has finally been completed – and of course stands empty. A range of community based human rights organisations were recently able to inspect the detention centre. This report on the Amnesty International website gives a good idea of how wasteful and inappropriate the facility is.
I have always been baffled by the absolute determination of the previous government to waste such a massive amount of taxpayers’ money on a facility which not only was unnecessary, but was built to a high security design which no longer even matched the former government’s own policies in regard to detention facilities. But they went ahead and built it anyway – despite significant risk to some endangered bird species as well. Such is the irrationality which government’s can get away with behind misleading mantras like ‘border security’.