Greens Senators Join Protest outside Perth Detention Centre TONIGHT, Friday 7 MAY 2010
Australian Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam will join community groups who will be camping from dusk tonight, Friday 7 May, until dawn at the Perth Domestic Airport Immigration Detention Centre.
WHEN: Protest starts 6pm. Call numbers below for details about the evening.
WHERE: Perth Domestic Airport Immigration Centre, corner Baker & McComb roads – opposite the boom gates to the short term parking at the Perth Domestic Airport, Redcliffe WA
Senator Rachel Siewert, who recently visited detainees in the detention centre, said she was joining the protest because once again the detention centre was being used to hold asylum-seekers.
“The Greens oppose the suspension of Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum claims as a backward and fear-driven approach,” Senator Siewert said.
“As the recent report of the UNHCR on Sri Lanka has clearly proven, the situation has simply not improved; the grounds for this policy shift are baseless.”
Senator Scott Ludlam said he was concerned at the use of the airport centre and the plan to reopen Curtin Detention Centre.
“The government’s freeze on new asylum claims from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka mean there will likely be more. This freeze on two groups – Tamils and Hazaras – is a violation of the UN Convention on Refugees and our Racial Discrimination Act,” Senator Ludlam said.
The Greens oppose the government’s recent decision to reopen the Curtin Detention Centre and will be requesting permission to inspect the facility when travelling to the region in the coming months.