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Thursday 8 May 2014
The Abbott government is set to save $280 million by closing six more detention centres on the Australian mainland and Christmas Island.
“This is just another example of how stopping the boats is delivering for our country and why the Government will not back down to the pressure of Labor and the Greens to abolish our strong border polices that are clearly working," Immigration minister Scott Morrison said in a statement to The Adelaide Advertiser.
The Northern Immigration Detention Centre and the Darwin Airport Lodge, both in the Northern Territory, will close by the middle of the year, with detainees transferred to other centres.
By the end of the year the Inverbrackie Detention Centre in the Adelaide Hills will close, as will two sites on Christmas Island.
The development comes afer the federal government announced in December it would close four onshore detention centres – Leonora, Scherger, Port Augusta and Pontville - to make a budget saving of $7.4 million.
However, government policy to process asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru will continue to be a drain on the federal budget.
It costs more than $400,000 a person to detain asylum seekers in overseas detention centres a year, compared to $239,000 in Australian detention centres, a graph in the Commission of Audit report shows.
At-a-glance: Onshore detention closures
Centres to close:
Centres already closed: