Federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has announced the closure of the controversial Manus Island detention centre.
Mr Morrison said that whilst “obviously” he was “unable to comment upon operational matters”, the decision to close the centre was “disappointing but predictable” and called on the Labor Party to back the repeal of the carbon tax.
“The carbon tax adds to the cost of detaining illegal transferees. It does, no matter what people say. You cannot say the carbon tax helps with locking up people in Papua New Guinea.”
“A 13-year-old detention centre in a developing country with high levels of poverty and violence is never going to be cost-effective with a carbon tax.”
“Tony Abbott said that the carbon tax would literally be a wrecking ball through the very fabric of society and that’s certainly true of Manus Island. This is just another example of Labor’s gross incompetence and mismanagement.”
Whilst “clearly” being “unable to comment upon operational matters”, Mr Morrison also called for a full inquiry into G4S, the private contractors in charge of the facility.
“G4S is a multinational company outside the regulation of Australia’s enterprise bargaining agreements. This is clearly due to problems with Australia’s unions. I shall be calling for a Royal Commission.”
Mr Morrison ended the specially convened press conference with a scathing condemnation of the previous Labor government.
“If I were the minister responsible, I would have no hesitation in tendering my resignation.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is expected to respond to Mr Morrison’s comments shortly before the next Federal election.
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