Curtin Immigration Reception and Processing Centre

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Curtin Immigration Detention Centre is an Australian immigration detention facility in the Kimberley in Western Australia at 17°36'14.58"S 123°49'14.28"E. Curtin was described by former Immigration minister, Philip Ruddock, as the country's "most primitive" processing centre. It was shut down by the Howard Government following a riot in 2002 but was re-opened in 2010 by its successor - the Rudd-Gillard Government. Being run by Serco Asia Pacific who also run Villawood and other detention centres in Australia.[1] The controversial move has been seen by commentators as a reversal by the Australian Labor Party of its policy towards detention.[2][3]

Notable Detainees[edit]

Munjed Al Muderis Iraqi assylum seeker and pioneering Osteointegration surgeon, and human rights activist.

Abdul Hekmat, Hazara refugee and journalist contributing to The Monthly magazine, The Saturday Paper and The Guardian, among other publications.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mixed reaction to reopening of Curtin detention centre". ABC. April 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  2. ^ "Detention centre a 'living hell hole'". The Age. April 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  3. ^ "Curtin Detention Centre". Refugee Action Collective (Victoria). April 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-05-08.

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Coordinates: 17°36′18″S 123°49′15″E / 17.60500°S 123.82083°E / -17.60500; 123.82083