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Centacare director pressuring Govt to release detention centre video


The Immigration Department has rejected a request from Adelaide's Centacare Catholic Family Services to publicly release a videotape of last week's incident at the Baxter Detention Centre, in South Australia's north, to clear allegations that guards mistreated detainees.

Centacare director Dale West says if a videotape of the alleged incident exists, then the Federal Government must publicly release its contents.

"Where there's claim and counter claim, surely the exposure of such a video would then allow the facts of this situation to be understood by the wider community," he said.

But the Immigration Department says it will not publicly release footage because of privacy reasons.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock says the Federal Government has been criticised in the past for releasing videotapes of incidents at detention centres.

The Minister's spokesman says a tape will be handed to the police or Commonwealth ombudsman if a formal complaint is made.

SOURCE
ABC

LINKS
Ruddock 'unaware' of Baxter video (ABC)
Detention Centres - Baxter Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (Dept of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs) | Baxter Immigration Reception and Processing Centre | View video of centre (not alleged incident)
Govt promises guard crackdown (AAP)

8 Nov 2002