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'Futile and cruel': plan to charge fees for immigration detention has no redeeming features

By Michelle Peterie, Research Fellow, University of Sydney
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Some people in immigration detention could be asked to pay for their own incarceration, as part of a new border protection policy announced by the Coalition on Friday.

The government has indicated “foreign criminals” awaiting deportation will be the main targets of the policy. This is an ambiguous statement given the government’s propensity to criminalise refugees and asylum seekers. But it likely refers primarily to people whose visas have been cancelled on “character…The Conversation

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