Bravo Compound

2019-09-09T00:46:35Z (GMT) by Cat Hope
For Laptop Orchestra
Composed in 2015

Composed for Gail Priest and ERK (Electronic Resonance Korp).

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PROGRAM NOTE
10.4 Forcible transfer of children to Bravo Compound at Christmas Island

Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children in detention should be treated with humanity and respect, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons his or her age (article 37(c)). When the Inquiry team visited Christmas Island in July 2014, a number of unaccompanied children complained that the Serco officers had used force against them when they moved them from a compound known as ‘Charlie’ to another compound known as ‘Bravo’ on 24 March 2014. The following is a description of what happened during this move. On 21 March 2014, in response to safety concerns arising from an incoming tropical cyclone, all families and children were transferred from the family detention centres at Christmas Island to the single men’s detention centre at North West Point. The single men’s compound at North West Point is a large high security complex; purpose-built to hold single men on Christmas Island. The cyclone caused significant damage to two of these family detention centres and they were deemed uninhabitable until repairs could be made. Extra space was needed for families and the Department decided that as there was space at the Charlie Compound, this was the best place to move families. This necessitated the move of the 38 unaccompanied children from ‘Charlie’ Compound to the adjacent ‘Bravo’ Compound. On 23 March 2014, the evening before the scheduled transfer, the children were informed of the planned move by an officer of MAXimus Solutions – the care and welfare provider for unaccompanied children. MAXimus sent an email to the Department’s Regional Manager, the children’s delegated guardian, and the Phosphate Hill Centre Manager indicating that the children would be refusing to leave Charlie compound. In the email, MAXimus said that it ‘wanted to alert stakeholders to this so we can minimise any negative behaviours tomorrow’.
p162 of ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention” report.

The colour combination in the work is taken from a child's drawing from in detention, included at the end of (but not performed in) the score.

PERFORMANCES
Premiered by WALO (the Western Australian Laptop Orchestra), 21 September, 2015, Sound Spectrum Festival.
Monash University, October 2018.