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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 99

Senator NETTLE (3:48 PM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   the circumstances and treatment of Cornelia Rau are appalling and highlight systematic problems in the administration of immigration detention,

(ii)   the Rau family have called for a full judicial inquiry,

(iii)   Ms Rau’s case is just one example of how mental health and physical health is being inappropriately diagnosed and treated in detention centres,

(iv)   several studies have concluded that long-term detention itself exacerbates and creates mental illness in detainees, and

(v)   independent monitoring of operations in detention centres has been totally inadequate; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   apologise to Cornelia Rau and her family immediately,

(ii)   expedite consideration of appropriate compensation for Ms Rau for her treatment in immigration detention, and

(iii)   instigate a full, open and transparent judicial inquiry to investigate:

(a)   how a permanent resident came to be placed in immigration detention, and

(b)   the alleged mistreatment of Cornelia Rau and other detainees in immigration detention.

Question agreed to.

Senator Brown —Again, I note the government’s opposition to the motion.