PERTH’S Immigration Centre was forced to close for six hours on Tuesday, when a woman dressed as Santa locked her hand into a concrete barrel in the foyer.
Santa was joined by up to 30 helpers protesting against the treatment of refugees on Manus Island. Refugee Rights Action Network spokesperson Michelle Bui says the Australian government needs to give refugees on Manus Island a chance to rebuild their lives.
“The department can turn things around and make it on the Good List next year by evacuating Manus and Nauru and bringing refugees back to Australia,” she says.
by MOLLY SCHMIDT