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Brisbane detention centre plans condemned


A Catholic refugee worker has condemned Federal Government plans to build another detention centre, possibly on Brisbane's western outskirts.

The Catholic Leader reports that Brisbane Archdiocesan Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care Director Jose Zepeda said building a hostel which is not "aggressive and repressive" would be more appropriate.

"We are trying to give the image Brisbane is a friendly city," he said.

Mr Zepeda said placing people in detention centres labels them as "violent criminals".

"I agree there has to be a system of checking in (refugees) but it doesn't mean they have to be treated inhumanely," he said.

A spokesman for Federal Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said tenders were still being called for the detention centre and a list of possible locations had not yet been drawn up.


Catholic Leader


31-May-01