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Motion to give the community a say

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Jamie Briggs, MP

Chairman - Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee Member for Mayo

Media Release

Motion to give the community a say -

Monday 25 October 2010

Today I have tabled a Notice of Motion in Parliament calling on the Gillard Government to consult with the local community before any further action is taken on the Inverbrackie detention centre.

Residents around Inverbrackie and Woodside in the Adelaide hills have raised legitimate concerns about the detention centre and they have every right to be consulted on the future of their community.

Unfortunately the Gillard Government continues to brush the community to one side with senior Cabinet Ministers describing their concerns as “hysterical”. This is an insult to Adelaide hills residents and shows just how hollow Labor’s pre-election rhetoric on listening to the electorate was.

The proposed detention centre at Inverbrackie is an unfortunate and inevitable result of Labor’s failed border protection policies. Labor must face up to this crisis of its own making. It is no good for the Minister to make decisions from Canberra and send officials to face the music.

My motion, which will be seconded by Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, will ask the Joint Standing Committee on Migration to do what Labor should have done before they made this announcement, and that is to ask the community for their views on the detention centre.

The motion asks the Committee to report back no later than the first sitting week of Parliament in 2011, and that the Gillard Government postpones the commissioning of the detention centre until the Committee has reported and the Government has provided a response.

The total lack of consultation with the local community or anyone associated with governance in South Australia is appalling. South Australia and the local community deserve better than this.