A quick article to say I saw this in the news yesterday given the goings on in France:
“Detainees at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre escaped from a burning building by jumping out of windows on Thursday morning, with 18 people treated for smoke inhalation.
More than 40 firefighters were called to battle the blaze in the city’s west, which broke out in the second floor of an accommodation compound about 11:20am.
“Three detainees on the top floor smashed windows and jumped onto mattresses below to escape the smoke,” Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said in a statement.
The fire was quickly contained and extinguished at the Birmingham Avenue complex.”
In other words, deliberately lit.
I had heard through the legal grapevine that the detention facility down in Melbourne called ‘MITA’ (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) had been set on fire as well this year and emailed an ex-colleague to confirm my suspicions. Sure enough:
“Hi mate, yes the MITA here has been burnt by detainees twice this year – once in late March and a second time in April. One of the clients represented by our firm was impacted by this (not involved in the fire) but it’s believed to be a 501 that started it on at least the first occasion. The Minister(s) appear to have not said anything about this publicly and seem to have kept it out of the media.
I’ve been told the facility is now only at about 70% capacity and there has been numerous impacts to court dates, AAT hearings, etc. I’ve also been told there is a lot of violence inside now as detainees who don’t get along are being moved in with each other due to space issues and the illustrious Indian Serco staff are unable and unwilling to do anything about it. If I hear anything more, I’ll let you know.”
So there you have it, federal government facilities up in flames three times in three months and media silence for the most part. I’m sure any journalists or enterprising individuals can FOI Home Affairs or the Melbourne Fire Brigade to confirm this if they want it in writing.
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil is too busy calling Donald Trump Jr names on social media. I guess the bright side is the average person that wasn’t aware about her background is now familiar that she’s a WEF infiltrator and just a general idiot.
If you’ve ever been to one of these detention facilities, it seems relatively easy to smuggle something in given our lax, outsourced Serco contractors, so I’m not surprised that the fires have been started. There are criminals who have had their visas cancelled inside literally still running drug rings and the like from their phones (which Scomo tried to take off of them with legislation but then chickened out). They also openly brag about their shenanigans on Tik Tok, but nothing seems to get done.
The system is a farce but what else is new.
Guest article from barrister Mark who has served a sentence of over 20 years in the legal world including migration and criminal law