Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, October 03, 2002

The commune's pre-schoolers are having a play with other places surrounded by protective fencing and indulgent minders, our detention centres for those brought here by people smugglers.

This is what they promise us:

Worse than Prisons? Managing Detention Centres

Contracts to manage immigration detention
centres are out for tender. The big security
internationals are lining up, despite accusations
that the current management culture is
harsh and oppressive.

“It was a bit of overkill, and it seemed to be the
the way the place was managed…To shoot an
ant with an elephant gun - it was just bizarre.”

Isolation, indefinite delays and tear gas.
Who orders such treatment

I wonder what conclusions they'll come to?