By Bianca Hall and Edmund Tadros
Senior Defence brass opposed the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s bid to use the remote Scherger RAAF base as a detention centre, documents released under freedom of information show.
Defence refused to release more than half the pages in the heavily redacted package of documents.
But the documents it did release about the arrangements between it and the Immigration Department show preparations to convert the base into a detention centre were being made on an ad hoc basis.
Read more about how Defence resisted its base being used for immigration detention at The Canberra Times.