The Government will no longer hold weekly briefings on its boarder protection policies, the Immigration Minister announced.
The Government will no longer hold weekly briefings Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says they'll now be only be when there's something significant to report.
But he will speak to the media in Canberra today after confirming the closure of four detention centres.
For the PM, closing detention centres proves his government's bitterly contested Operation Sovereign Borders works.
Well, the short answer is yes, it does.
But no-one who comes illegally to Australia by boat will end up on the Australian mainland in a detention centre and that's why we're closing them down.
The Minister is ending immigration detention at Queensland's Scherger, Pontville near Hobart, Port Augusta and Leonora.
More than a dozen other facilities will remain open, including Christmas Island.
The saving - $89 million a year but the Government must relocate 285 asylum seekers to other centres.
The Greens say unaccompanied children are among those here at Leonora.
I'm very concerned about the children caught up in these circumstances.
The closures come after Seven News showed pictures last week recorded by an asylum seeker, along with claims Australian forces handcuffed, beat and even burnt some of those aboard an asylum vessel towed back towards Indonesia.
Defence has denied any mistreatment.
The minister now won't even confirm tow-backs are taking place, let alone any details.
Australia is protecting its borders and protecting our sovereignty consistent with our domestic laws and our international obligations.
Today's closure announcement is yet another departure from Scott Morrison's military style formula of only releasing border security matters at weekly briefings.
In coming days, the minister is likely to ditch the much-criticised formula for a new approach to releasing information.
I'll have more to say about that later.