Tips and rumours

Aug 25, 2014

Tips and rumours

Yes the guards are armed ... Hywood's car is a what? ... NSW Aboriginal Affairs website hacked ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Not armed? It was an exchange that made headlines on Friday, with Immigration departmental secretary Martin Bowles telling Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs, “we don’t have armed guards, we don’t have armed guards, president. I’d like you to acknowledge that.” While Bowles was correct that there are not armed guards at the detention centres, these photos released by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre show there are armed Customs officials who first intercept asylum seekers arriving by boat. While under the previous government they operated under the remit of the Attorney-General’s office, Customs has been a part of the Department of Immigration since last year’s election. The photos released also show Serco response teams, which while not armed with guns, carry flexi cuffs and night torches that can be used as batons. So while the camps themselves might not have armed guards, Triggs may be onto something when she says the camps are like prisons.

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  1. klewso

    That OZ piece – there’s no chance that was “plagiarised”?

    ….and re that “blot from the blue”, I thought Blot Snr was a comedian – not to be taken seriously?

  2. Stephen Easton

    Ferrari Maserati is sort of like the one company these days – both are owned by the massive Fiat corporation. So the confusion probably comes from the fact that people like Mr Hywood go to a one-stop “Ferrari Maserati” dealer to purchase all their Ferraris and Maseratis.

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