PEOPLE smugglers are luring asylum seekers on to boats bound for Australia during the dangerous monsoon season with promises of visas, housing and internet access.
The Daily Telegraph was yesterday the first media organisation to interview detainees in the nation's newest detention centre at Wickham Point in Darwin.
A 21-year-old Hazari asylum seeker who recently arrived from Pakistan after paying people smugglers $4000 in Indonesia said he knew the Malaysia deal had collapsed and that he had an expectation of receiving a visa.
He said he expected to be out of detention within four months and released into the community on a temporary visa.
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"The country of Malaysia is not good. If this was possible (being sent to Malaysia) then I would be back home, not in Malaysia," he said while doing laundry in accommodation area where asylum seekers sleep two to a room in airconditioned converted shipping containers.
( he's correct, Malaysia has no welfare or free public housing )
It is understood the top three questions being asked by those who have arrived since the government announced bridging visas for asylum seekers last month was "when will I get a visa", "a house" or "access to the internet".
(if your a Australian veteran you wait in the line behind these people for assistance )
Arrivals who were last week flown to the new centre - which was housing 210 detainees as of yesterday - had specific expectations about their detention accommodation and had gripes about the lack of facilities.
Detainees complained that the centre's 40 computers were not enough and four English classes were insufficient.
A 34-year-old Iranian engineer said he paid $15,000 to people smugglers in the Middle East and used multiple fake passports before boarding a boat in Indonesia.
He said people smugglers offered to take him to France or Australia but he decided reaching Australia was "easier".
"In my country I have a house and a car (but) I had one problem. I had to leave my country, some people could kill me," he said.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott toured the $200 million Wickham centre yesterday and called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to immediately reintroduce the temporary protection visas introduced by the Howard government.
"This would immediately mean much less of a pull factor for people currently waiting across the Indonesian archipelago," he said.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen hit back, attacking the Coalition for not supporting law changes to allow the Malaysia people swap after it was struck down in the High Court.
"All the expert advice the government has received is that the Malaysia arrangement would be a genuinely effective deterrent to prevent these boat journeys," he said.
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