Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 20, 2024


Immigrant Detention

The Hon. H.M. GIROLAMO (15:17): My questions are to the Attorney-General. Can the Attorney now update the chamber on the number of detainees currently in South Australia as a result of the NZYQ v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs case? Could the Attorney confirm if any government housing was provided, as he committed last sitting week?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:17): As I have previously said, I am happy to get updates if there are any available. I have previously informed the chamber that the federal authorities are working with SAPOL on this matter, that SAPOL is very well equipped, as they diligently show very much of the time, to keep the community safe. I am happy to restart the process of finding an update from last sitting week and find figures that might be two weeks' more up to date. That will of course delay the honourable member in getting an answer, but I am happy that other ministers—

Members interjecting:


The Hon. K.J. MAHER: I am happy to give instructions that other ministers' departments that have started the work on answering the member's previous questions put that all on hold and restart the process to find out more up-to-date information.