Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 20, 2024


Immigrant Detention

The Hon. F. PANGALLO (15:20): Do the government, the Attorney-General and SAPOL know where these criminals are, and what is the type of monitoring that is taking place?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:20): I thank the honourable member for his question. I don't know the operational details of what SAPOL are working jointly with the commonwealth officials on but, as I have said before, SAPOL have said that they are well equipped—

Members interjecting:


The Hon. K.J. MAHER: —in their joint operation—

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Hon. Mr Hunter and the Hon. Ms Girolamo, I can't hear the answer.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: I would apologise on behalf of this chamber to the Hon. Frank Pangallo for the disrespect he is being shown by members opposite when I am trying to answer his question.

The PRESIDENT: And the member behind you, if you are going to go down that path.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: Not quite that far, sir.

The PRESIDENT: No, of course not.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: As I have previously informed the chamber, and as the police minister pointed out last year, there is a joint operation between SA Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force to monitor these released detainees. I don't have exact operational information of how that is being conducted, and even if I had that information I would be pretty sure it would be something that wouldn't be discussed publicly in how an operation that involves Border Force, the Australian Federal Police and the SA Police were doing that.