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Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Page: 532


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (18:57): I seek leave to make a short statement on the tabling of that document.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute, Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I am very happy to see the report finally tabled and we look forward to reading the contents of the 200-plus pages of that report. I want to point out how disappointing it is to see the government try their hardest to bury this report. They have waited to the very last moment to table what is a very serious report into what is institutionalised child abuse in this country—in detention centres, on the mainland and, of course, in the offshore facilities. This report is a damning reflection on what currently exists for the treatment of children. It is with great disrespect to those children, to the witnesses and to the Human Rights Commission that the government, despite having had the report since November, has waited until just before 7 o'clock this evening to table it. I look forward to reading it and considering its recommendations.