Government forced to defend detention security breach
In case you missed the news, there was a mass breakout at the Inverbrackie detention centre yesterday.
The controversial site, home to asylum seeker families, has been the source of local fears. Many are concerned about espionage, terrorism, and plummeting property prices.
The escape, however, shows that what they should really be worried about is plum pickers.
Ten children scaled a 3 metre fence to pick plums.
Federal Liberal MP Jamie Briggs, upon hearing of the breach of security, said the fact that children scaled an internal fence showed a concerning lack of preparedness by the Government.
He called on centre management, contract security, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and the Government to ensure similar incidents did not occur.
So far, no one has dared wonder what would happen if these plum-picking minors got over an external fence and into the outside world.
The Adelaide Hills surrounding Inverbrackie are teeming with all manner of tempting fruits.
The cool climate lends itself to copious apple, pear and cherry orchards.
There are stone fruits and quince trees ripe for the plucking. Within months there’ll be acres of sweet, juicy grapes.
The reaction from the community has been mixed, with some online commentators pointing out that the asylum seekers have a history of sneaking across borders.
They were quick to identify the clear similarities between this incident and Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s border protection policies.
Some have pointed out that by showing their willingness to scale fences, make a little bucket with the front of their clothes, and pick fruit to take back to their families, they have shown just how different they are.
Trangressions like that are seen as proof they would not fit in to Australian society.
It does appear that if these children are willing to pluck a few plums, they may not be averse to illegally sampling grapes or cherries in the supermarket.
“Identify the culprits and deport them,” said one web pundit. “They have been given more than they should be getting and they want even more,” said another.
The Immigration Department was forced to defend their glaring laxness.
“It was a misunderstanding and the kids thought they could go there and they can’t, obviously,” a department official said.
“They scaled an internal fence, so at no time were they outside.
“Obviously we take all breaches of security seriously, but this was just a few kids picking fruit.”
Phew. At ease, people.
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