Are all refugee and asylum seeker children now free from detention?


There are 3 children who have been imprisoned in the Melbourne detention centre (MITA) for long periods.

There is a 16-month-old girl with her mother; the infant has been imprisoned all her young life. The child’s father lives in the community.

The second child, also of preschool age, has been in MITA with her mother since February. According to a UN report, the child shows ‘signs of attachment-related anxiety and is at risk of developmental problems due to her mother’s depression and her prolonged detention’.

The third prisoner is a 17-year-old boy; he has very little privacy and receives no education.

The Prime Minister boasts that he’s ensured that there are no asylum seeker children in detention. He lies.

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