Curtin ‘hellhole’ to be reopened

Amanda O’Brien & Jodie Minus; 19/4/10

Refugee advocates are predicting a return to riots and lip-stitching after the federal government’s shock decision to reopen the notorious Curtin detention centre in Western Australia. The remote facility in the Kimberley will house hundreds of Afghan and Sri Lankan men whose applications for refugee status have been suspended for six months and three months respectively. The first residents could be there in weeks. Advocates yesterday were appalled by the decision. “Curtin was a torture centre under the Howard government. We are unbelievably nervous today,” Perth-based advocate Jack Smit said.