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Senator James Paterson questions AFP over immigration detainee **********

Anger has flared over the *********** Federal Police’s handling of information into immigration detainees, with one Senator criticising what he called an “extraordinary” decision to hide details about the ********* histories of detainees who allegedly breached their visa conditions.

******** Senator James Paterson, speaking at a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday night, pressed AFP Acting Commissioner Ian McCartney and Assistant Commissioner Kirsty Schofield for information on how many of the 152 former immigration detainees released by the High Court had been charged with breaching visa conditions, either by failing to report or breaking curfew restrictions.

Assistant Commissioner Schofield informed Senator Paterson that 10 detainees had been charged with breaches, but when the Senator pressed for detail on whether any of the detainees convicted of ******* had also been charged with breaches, he was denied detail.

Camera Icon******** Senator James Paterson blasted the decision of the AFP to guard details of the ********* histories of detainees who allegedly breached their visa conditions. Supplied Credit: News Corp Australia

“I’m not going to go into the ********* history of the people who have been charged,” Commissioner Schofield said.

“Why not?” the Senator replied.

“It’s a privacy issue, it’s not appropriate,” Ms Schofield responded.

Senator Paterson said he was not asking for the names or any identifying features, only whether any convicted murderers had also committed Commonwealth offences by breaching visa conditions.

“Do you think the *********** people have a right to know whether any of the murderers out in the community have also breached their visa conditions?” he asked.

Acting Commissioner McCartney replied: “As a matter of protocol and process, we don’t reveal the ********* histories of the people we may have charged.”

The Senator said that was “extraordinary”.

“I think the community does have a right to know,” the Senator said.

“The ones who breached their visa conditions are now walking free … and we don’t know if any of those are former murderers, or charged with *******.”

Acting Commissioner McCartney replied: “I can understand your concern and your frustration.”

Following the High Court’s November 2023 decision striking down indefinite detention, 152 former immigration detainees were released into the broader community, including seven detainees convicted of ******* or attempted ******* and 36 convicted of ******* *******, including child **** ****** offences.

The Senator asked how many **** offenders had been charged with breaching visa conditions, but he was not provided with any detail.

The AFP revealed that of the 10 detainees who had allegedly breached their visas, four were from Victoria, three from WA, two from NSW and one from Queensland.

At least three offenders also breached their conditions on multiple occasions, with one allegedly guilty of 10 curfew breaches.

Some in the community have expressed alarm and anger at the sudden release of detainees with ********* convictions who may pose a risk to public safety.

Senator Paterson pressed the AFP on how many detainees had been released without electronic monitoring, but Assistant Commissioner Schofield said the responsibility to monitor fell within the purview of the *********** Border Force.

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