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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable The Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of certain residents of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the House the injustice of imprisoning children in places like the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre. The separation of families and the nature of life in a detention centre (no psychologists, psychotic break-downs, self-harm and suicide) make it imperative, in a Democracy, like Australia, that steps be taken to minimise the damage done to all people, especially the young.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House review and stop the policy of mandatory detention; that they reunite families and that they treat asylum seekers as people requiring compassion and understanding, not criminals to be punished behind razor wire in isolated camps.

by Ms King (from 372 citizens)