'It's a real Yes Minister exercise': the cost of running an empty detention centre

Instead the centre was in "hot contingency", immigration detention group manager Kayleen Zakharoff told the committee.

"But it's empty?" Senator Carr asked.

"Yeah. Yep," Ms Zakharoff said.

"Right. So they're guarding an empty facility?" Senator Carr asked.

"Well, they're maintaining its operational status," Ms Zakharoff said.