Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has called for the immediate closure of immigration detention camps because of their huge human and financial cost.
“Australia needs to move quickly to close these detention centres and implement a scheme to deal with the issue in a better way,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“The human and financial cost is too great if we are to continue with the Government’s current policy. Now is the time to make the change,’’ he said.
“On top of the very worrying human rights issues, the financial burden of running these centres is unjustifiable at a time when the government is cutting back its support to single mothers, families and pensioners.”
“I am calling on the Immigration Minister to find a better way and show leadership on this issue,’’ Mr Palmer said.