MEDIA MISCHIEF MAKING- we all heard the interview and AAP are making it sound quite different . SEE BELOW both AAP report and actual text.
We should be sick to death on the mischief making around asylum seekers.
the bottom line is that both Labor and Liberal SAY that children should not be locked up but REFUSE to legislate to back up their words.
The Proof of the pudding will be the number of kids released before Christmas!!
BARRIE CASSIDY: Now it seems you might come up against both major parties on the issue of asylum seekers and the question of releasing families, children into the community.
It seems they want to leave the discretion with the minister but you want it mandated.
BOB BROWN: Yes. But the parties have agreed that children should be released from mandatory detention except for a very short period of assessment. All the parties agree on that.
And Sarah Hanson-Young’s point of view is well let’s legislate it so it isn’t left to a minister to decide for or against that down the line. Let’s, seeing we have tri-partisan agreement on this let’s have it legislated and brought into law.
So it’s really acting on what the parties are saying again they would do and they agree with. And that’s, the Parliament is there to make laws.
BARRIE CASSIDY: But doesn’t it make sense just to allow for some flexibility to deal with a situation where it might be unwise to release certain people into the community?
BOB BROWN: Yes. And all such legislation allows for that flexibility. There is always the exception that ministerial discretion will take place.
The legislation like this is subject to committee scrutiny and to input from not just community groups but from legal advisers.
Greens back curbs on risky asylum seekers
October 31, 2010 – 1:24PM
The immigration minister will retain powers to stop risky asylum seekers from being released into the community, the Australian Greens say.
In a significant policy shift, the federal government announced it would expand its network of Australian mainland detention facilities and move more than 700 children, and their families, into the community.
The Greens were consulted about the changes, which are to be implemented by June 2011.
Greens leader Bob Brown says Immigration Minister Chris Bowen will retain the power to intervene to stop the release of potentially risky asylum seekers under legislation his party brokered.
“All such legislation allows for that flexibility. There is always the exception that ministerial discretion will take place,” Senator Brown told ABC Television on Sunday.
“The legislation like this is subject to committee scrutiny and to input from, not just community groups, but from legal advisers.”
© 2010 AAP