Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed comparisons between Australia’s detention centres and prisons.
As the Minister told a human rights enquiry, “I know a prison when I see it.”
Yet, despite this incontrovertible N=1 evidence, there are still people out there who think Australian detention centres are like prisons.
So the Tunnel has decided to come to the Minister’s aid.
Here are 10 more reasons why Australian detention centres are not like prisons.
1. Prisons are designed to keep people in. Detention centres are designed to keep people out.
2. Prisons hold people found guilty of a crime. Detention centres hold people just found.
3. People in prisons are told how long they will be detained and are let out early if they behave well. People in detention centres are kept indefinitely, regardless of their behaviour.
4. Prisons aim to encourage rehabilitation. Detention centres aim to encourage repatriation.
5. People aren’t on Twitter all day complaining about Australia’s prison system.
6. Politicians are always happy to talk about prisons.
7. Australia has made a popular TV drama called Prisoner. We are yet to make a popular TV drama called Detainee.
8. Prisons stop bad people from doing bad things. Detention centres stop good people from doing good things.
9. Australian prisons are in Australia.
10. Australian prisons don’t have children in them.
Can you help the Minister out too?
How else are detention centres not like prisons?
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