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20 Jun 2020

Hilary Whiteman, 7news

Brisbane hotel where every room is booked, but guests not allowed to leave

20 June 2020


[...] [R]efugees and asylum seekers [...] are suffering the effects of prolonged, indefinite detention and were brought to Australia last year for urgent medical treatment. But some say the conditions in the Brisbane hotel are worse than PNG or Nauru.


[...] Fearing the virus would enter the hotel via the guards who come and go, they crafted signs large enough to be seen from the street.


Central Apartment Group (CAG) took over the hotel’s operation in 2018 and changed its name to Kangaroo Point Central Hotel and Apartments. It’s one of 18 hotels on the company’s website, advertised as family-friendly accommodation “ideal for business and leisure travellers.”

When contacted by CNN, the group’s CEO Sid Knell said he would not comment about events at Kangaroo Point.

“You can ask me about self-drive holidays,” he said.


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