Australian immigration minister to stop risky refugee from released into community: Greens

14:38, October 31, 2010      

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Australian immigration minister will retain powers to stop risky asylum seekers from being released into the community, Greens said on Sunday.

The federal government earlier this month announced to release more than 700 children, and their families, from the refugee detention center into the community.

The Greens were consulted about the changes, which are to be implemented by June 2011.

According to Greens leader Bob Brown, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen will retain the power to intervene to stop the release of potentially risky asylum seekers under the policy shift.

"All such legislation allows for that flexibility. There is always the exception that ministerial discretion will take place," Senator Brown told ABC Television, adding "the legislation like this is subject to committee scrutiny and to input from, not just community groups, but from legal advisers."

Australia's detention centers are now full, with almost 5,000 people being held across the country.



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