The former Australian Prime Minster Mark Lath is set to sign an immigration bond with the Federal Government to finance an extra $5 million to expand the Immigration Detention Centre in Ellis Island, the Immigration Minister said.
Mr Latham’s announcement came just days after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said he would not support a Labor motion to increase the capacity of the detention centre.
He said he was seeking more resources for the centre and other areas of the immigration system.
“It’s really a big deal to be able to get a bond for this,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney he wanted to ensure that the centre was operating properly.
Immigration Minister Scott Morren told reporters the Government was also looking at ways to improve the operation of immigration detention facilities.
He said a $5m bond would help fund upgrades at the detention facility, which has a capacity of over 900 people.
The Immigration Department’s website says the centre is the largest immigration detention facility in the country.
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