/ 13 February 2024

Detainee dramas plague government

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

A whole bunch of details have come out about the Albanese Government’s management of 149 men who were controversially released from immigration detention late last year. Documents tabled in the Senate show while 113 of them are required to wear an ankle bracelet, the rest have been exempted. That’s got the Coalition asking why, given most have committed serious violent crimes, including murder/attempted murder (7), sex offences (37), violent assault (72) and domestic violence (16). Coalition Home Affairs spokesman James Paterson says it’s a “shocking failure on community safety” and wants the new preventative detention laws to be used to lock up the worst offenders. 

And while we have you, Western Australian Liberal/former Defence Minister Linda Reynolds is quitting politics and will leave at the next election. Reynolds has been involved in politics for more than 30 years and has been in the news recently as the former boss of Brittany Higgins and Bruce Lehrmann. She says she’s going after “considerable reflection of what is behind me and the opportunities that are now ahead of me.”

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