Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Christmas Island
The entrance sign of the immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, Australia. (AFP PHOTO/AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP)

CANBERRA: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday (Feb 13) announced the reopening of a controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island, doubling down on hardline polices in the face of an historic legislative defeat.

In the midst of a bitterly fought re-election campaign, Morrison said he approved reopening facilities closed just months ago, "to deal with the prospect of arrivals" of increased numbers of migrants.

Source: AFP/de

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