An exclusive investigation has revealed a former ALP politician was working as a Safety and Security officer at the Manus Island detention centre during a violent riot that killed one asylum seeker and left 77 injured.
Former Queensland Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly was employed by G4S at the now notorious offshore processing centre, and was present during the bloody and chaotic event.
Kilburn was present on site at the detention facility during the riot and resigned his position directly after the incident.
Photo credit: Steve Kilburn
“Yes I was there. No I can’t comment, as you would know we are under a deed of confidentiality,” said Mr Kilburn when approached for comment.
“I have resigned my position at G4S. I wouldn’t continue working at the Manus Island facility unless I was to believe in my heart there was a change of approach…. I would have to be confident there was a different approach to the Manus Island facility before I would work there again.”
In an emotional interview, Mr Kilburn stated there needs to be changes and serious reflection in regards to the current Australian approach to asylum seekers and refugees.
“Without commenting directly on anything that has happened, or the policy of Manus Island, I would say there needs to be some sort of more open discussion with the Australian public about the way we deal with asylum seekers, particularly boat arrivals.”
Mr Kilburn was emphatic about the need for staff at offshore detention centres to be able to speak on the record about their experiences.