More enrichment at Inverbrackie (and fawning at Adelaide Now)
* Just what we need â€“ ‘rage boys’ attacking our system, and those who make some attempt at protecting us, despite the prevailing political ‘correctness’.
The bleeding hearts will destroy this nation. Muslims do not arrive on these shores to become Australians. The soldiers of Allah are criminal Â invaders who came to make Australia Islamic. These people are not victims, they are coming to lay waste to our culture and civilization.
Culture of secrecy at detention centres
Another gushing Â piece of misguided humanitarian lunacy by Bryan Littlely
THE fences have been lowered, and the razor wire and security cameras are gone.
But the barriers have never been greater when it comes to obtaining information about our newest residents held in detention.
The leafy surrounds of the Inverbrackie detention facility in the Adelaide Hills are in stark contrast to the desert-like setting of the Baxter centre that could hold 1160 asylum seekers when it opened in 2002.
Inverbrackie is estate-like where Baxter was comparable with our toughest prisons. Inverbrackie appears significantly more peaceful in comparison with Baxter – its setting and the fact it houses families and does not have the single-man population the Port Augusta facility had, contributing to this notion.
But is it any more peaceful? The events within the confines of the green rail fencing of Inverbrackie, generally, are harder to establish than those at Baxter.
The view from the facility’s front gate suggests it is somewhat of a forced peace – with a security officer wandering each street of the estateÂ … Â even in the middle of the day.
Leaked reports and tips from Inverbrackie Serco staff have provided the first taste of some of the violent events that have occurred there in recent months.
Comments and speculation suggest similar events are happening almost daily as tensions rise along with the population of Inverbrackie – now at 321 after an extra 33 asylum seekers were moved there from Christmas Island.
A staff register from Friday, April 8, shows seven staff from the 47 named on the Serco daily running sheet were listed as injured. Two more were listed as sick, one of them understood to have been out of work for at least six weeks having been concussed and suffering from a perforated eardrum during a clash with a 12-year-old boy.
The incident reports detail a standoff between a refugee family and staff – in the family’s home on March 24 and the perceived rough handling of a child detainee by a security officer on April 7. That officer was listed as “injured” the next day and the client welfare manager who attended the March 24 incident also was listed as injured on April 8.
The long-term injured officer is understood to have been a trainee who stepped in to calm a child trying to go to school on the bus. It is believed the headwear of the boy’s mother was knocked from her head in the commotion, sending the child into a rage against the security officer.
Perhaps it is the peaceful Adelaide Hills surrounds, lack of barbed wire and prison bars and a new approach to asylum seekers, introduced by a new government than that which established Baxter, that has led to less endeavour by these latest refugees to engage the media to tell their tales.
The incidents, after all, sound not significantly shy in severity to those that occurred in Baxter.
During that time, refugees would contact journalists at specific times weekly on mobiles that had been smuggled in and buried in the grounds to provide updates.
There was a constant flow of letters and a string of advocates acting as links to the outside world for the refugeesÂ … Â befriending and even marrying them. It was pretty easy to penetrate the double steel fence of Baxter and hear their stories. At Inverbrackie, though, it is a new worldÂ … Â a different story.
At Inverbrackie, the pen is mightier than the swordÂ … Â or at least just as threatening, suggests the directive of the Department of Immigration to Serco.
Media visits to the fenceline of the facility have been classed as, and dealt with as, “critical” incidents – in line with riots and the use of biological weapons within the centre.
A journalist standing at the fence, hundreds of metres from detainees, or the front gate surrounded by security staff, is deemed more serious than children going on a hunger strike.
Our presence at the gates of Inverbrackie this week – absolutely legal but deemed by Immigration spokespeople as “inappropriate” – sent the black-clothed security gang into overdrive.
Guards could be seen in every street of the facility, clearly trying to obscure detainees in photographs and advising them to shield their faces and detour out of the focus of cameras.
One detainee who acknowledged my presence, said, “hello,” and advised he was heading in to the health centre for a psychological assessment, was soon accompanied by three staff, including the security manager Roy Wood. Two other guards moved closer to me in an intimidating fashion.
Immigration spokesman Sandy Logan explained the media would not be granted access to any detention facility and personnel were directed to take steps to protect the privacy of detainees – in part to prevent the chance of them using media exposure to boost their claims for asylum.
But, any member of the public could apply for access to a detention centre if invited by a detainee.
Other members of the Department’s media team took it upon themselves to outline the ethics of the media descending on Inverbrackie.
“They are not in a circus for you to get stories for your newspaper,” media spokesman Michael Corkhill said during a phone call he made toÂ The Advertiser this week.
“To stand outside a fence line and engage with them is inappropriate”.
There is a solution. Keep the fences, but take down the barriers.