Lucy gives Clive another reason to help refugee children

THE birth of his daughter Lucy has renewed Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer's commitment to help refugees and their children.

The federal leader of the Palmer United Party has revealed he will write to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison seeking approval to visit the Christmas Island detention centre.

The mining billionaire said he was determined to ensure the children of asylum seekers were not denied a happy childhood just because their parents had been forced to seek refuge in Australia.

"I have always believed that keeping children behind bars was wrong, but the birth of my daughter Lucy last month has renewed my commitment to these kids," Mr Palmer said.

"Whether they took this dangerous voyage with their parents, or were born in detention, every child deserves a safe and loving upbringing with a range of experiences, not just the inside of a cell or an exercise yard."

Last year, a delegation of Palmer United Party federal election candidates flew to Christmas Island on Mr Palmer's private jet, a journey that brought them in contact with community members and people who worked at the detention centre.

However they were unable to access the facility.

Mr Palmer said he had made a new year resolution to personally visit Christmas Island in 2014.

The Palmer United Party advocates allowing asylum seekers to fly to Australia and be quickly processed at airports.

Mr Palmer said offshore processing as favoured by both major parties had increased pain and suffering of genuine asylum seekers.



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