“We have taken every step to ensure community safety. That’s something I really want to press,” he said.
“But we’re not pausing on what was available to us as now. We are looking at every lawful step we can do to ensure going forward that we’ve taken every step to ensure the safety of the Australian community.”
However, the federal opposition said the decision kept the public in the dark about the situation, as 83 were held on character grounds.
Shadow Immigration Minister Dan Tehan said: “The public needs to know, and the public wants to know, what is the government doing to keep them safe?”
“What are the character grounds that these people were being held on? What are they doing to liaise with state and territory authorities to keep the community safe?”
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