INVADERS SET FIRE TO THE VILLAWOOD DETENTION CENTRE AND ATTACK FIRE FIGHTERS TRYING TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE



A ROOFTOP protest is continuing at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre, where buildings were set alight and rescue workers attacked overnight in violent protests by asylum-seekers.


Seven detainees remain on the roof of the detention centre, alongside a large white sign that reads "We need help", as authorities battled to restore order at the facility.


Riot police were seen entering the building shortly after 9.30am today after about 100 detainees torched nine buildings inside the detention centre, sparking an explosion of a gas cylinder.


Protests at the centre were triggered after two men climbed onto the roof early yesterday.


They were soon joined by 11 others and by midnight up to 100 people were involved, vandalising and setting fire to buildings.


A department of Immigration statement said the "major disturbance" within the Fowler complex overnight included fires in a medical centre, a kitchen, laundry and computer room.


NSW Police were assisting the detention services provider, Serco, to deal with the issues and restore order at the centre, the statement said, while Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters had been on hand to extinguish fires deliberately lit by the detainees.


The spokesman said a full police investigation would be conducted to identify the perpetrators.


Authorities this morning said they had regained control of the situation.


Earlier, firefighters were pelted with roof tiles and other debris as they tried to battle blazes at the facility.


Department of Immigration spokesman Sandi Logan condemned the riot.


"This is not behaviour that behoves someone who wishes to become part of the Australian community,” he told Sky News.


“These are detention centres. We don’t go in there armed. When detainees want to attack fire fighters, when they want to fling roof tiles at them and try to hurt them when they are trying to extinguish a blaze we obviously need to get in the support, which we did overnight, of the NSW police.


“We are now regaining control.”


The Australian Online understands that those asylum seekers involved in violent protests several weeks ago on Christmas Island were not involved in the Villawood riots overnight and were housed in the separate Blaxland accommodation compound at the Sydney detention facility which has not suffered damage


Opposition leader Tony Abbott called on the government to deny permanent residency to asylum-seekers found guilty of criminal behaviour in last night’s Villawood riot.


“It is completely unacceptable that people seeking entrance to Australia should be acting in this way, " Mr Abbott said.


"This is criminal conduct and the normal immigration rules specify that people who are guilty of criminal conduct don’t get permanent residency.”


He called on the government to make it “crystal clear” that asylum seekers who engaged in criminal behaviour against Australian officials were denied permanent visas.


"These criminal acts, setting fire to property, harming, harassing Australian officials, these are criminal acts. This is just the latest in a series of criminal acts taking place inside our detention centres,” he said.


Mr Logan stressed the Immigration Department would have to take stock of a report into the incident.


"It is an ongoing challenge ... to ensure we maintain the mental and physical health of our detainees," he said.


"From time to time, frankly quite unacceptable, quite appalling non-compliant behaviours have occurred and this is an example of it overnight."


About 400 asylum seekers are currently housed at the detention centre.


Mr Logan said Australia had the highest level of care in immigration detention in the world, although he conceded capacity had put the system under strain.


Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said he was concerned that state police and fire services were prevented from taking immediate action to take control of the incident.


“There are reports this morning that state police and others were held back from the scene. Now that is very concerning in that this is Commonwealth land and we had state police and fire services waiting while fires were burning.


“They need clearly instructions and rules to enable them to protect public safety in these situations.”


Mr Morrison said he was concerned about riots in detention facilities that were located next to residential homes.


“I repeat my call for anyone who is involved in these incidents, these violent incidents to have their processing suspended pended the outcome of a police investigation.”


“The government had an opportunity to send a strong message after the last riot on Christmas Island and it failed to do so.”


Australia's detention centres have recently been plagued by violent riots, suicides and self-harm attempts.


Last month, a violent riot erupted at Christmas Island's high security detention centre following a mass breakout. In the past eight months, six people have died in detention.


A Darwin detention centre has also been the scene of unrest.


Conditions at Villawood have been the focus of a wide-ranging investigation into Australian detention centres by the government's workplace safety regulator, Comcare.


Last week, the commonwealth watchdog issued the Immigration Department with a lengthy improvement notice about dangers for workers at Villawood as part of a crackdown on the seven immigration detention centres.


A senior Comcare investigator found that alleged ringleaders of the Christmas Island riot transferred to Villawood's high-security area were placed under the control of a worker who had not been trained for the job.


The Australian Greens said the mass protest at Villawood was symptomatic of a broader failure within Australia’s immigration system.


“Any violence or destruction of property cannot be condoned, and does not improve the situation for anyone. The Greens remain concerned about the safety and welfare of all those at the centre including asylum seekers, staff, and emergency personnel,” said Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.


“The current detention network is untenable, and when you combine overcrowding, indefinite detention, and stretched resources, it is like a pressure cooker.”


Immigration Minister Chris Bowen will make a statement today on the incident.


SOURCE:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nati...-1226042587099

THIS IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS, IT HIGHLIGHTS THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THEIR OPEN BORDERS POLICY IS PUTTING THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE AT RISK AND SHOWS THESE INVADERS FOR THE CRIMINALS THEY ARE. THIS COUPLED WITH THE CARBON TAX IS GOING TO DESTROY THE LABOR GOVERNMENT.


Rioting detainees not welcome - Abbott


Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says immigration detainees found guilty of criminal behaviour are not welcome in Australia.

His comments come following riots at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre overnight, in which buildings were set on fire and firecrews attacked.

"It's completely unacceptable and people who are responsible, guilty of criminal acts, should not be given permanent residency," Mr Abbott told reporters in Sydney today.


Resident anger over plans to build a detention centre in Hobart was just "another sign of the crisis in border protection", he said.


"The only way to end these problems is to stop the boats and the way to stop the boats is to adopt the policies of the coalition," Mr Abbott said.


"You've got to deny the people smugglers a product to sell and that's what this government has comprehensibly failed to do."


SOURCE:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/bre...-1226042810622

WHILE ABBOT IS 100% RIGHT ABOUT STOPPING THE BOATS AND DENYING THESE CRIMINALS PERMANENT RESIDENCY IN THIS COUNTRY, HE IS STILL PERPETUATING THE SMOKESCREEN ILLUSION THAT THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH FOREIGN INVADERS ARE THE ONES WHO COME HERE ILLEGALLY NOT THE ONES THEY BRING IN THROUGH MASS 3RD WORLD IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL POLICIES. DELIVERING A WIN TO THE COALITION WILL NOT FIX OUR PROBLEMS AND IT WILL PROVIDE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.

IT IS STILL EARLY DAYS IN THE GILLARD-BROWN COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT AND THINGS SEEM TO BE MOVING ALONG AS EXPECTED...