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(generated from captions) makes arrangements While the government for Vivian Solon to be reunited with her children in Queensland, the political fall-out from her wrongful deportation continues in Canberra.

Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone is resisting a full public explanation of what went wrong in the case, even as her department faces compensation for the Australian mother it dumped in the Philippines almost four years ago. Tom Iggulden reports. Under questioning today in parliament, Amanda Vanstone lashed out after being asked again for a full public explanation of how her department wrongly deported Vivian Solon, insisting the government wouldn't rush to judgement on the case. We will get the facts, and we will be accountable, and we won't make the mistake Mr Beattie made of suggesting on air that she was deported in three days. And we won't make the mistake the ABC made

of assuming that there was a car accident. And we won't make a range of numerous other mistakes that commentators rushing to judgement have made. What's not in dispute is that an immigration officer became aware the department had made a mistake in 2003. That realisation came when a hospital worker who treated Vivian Solon before her deportation saw this on television. TV: If you know the whereabouts of this actual missing person, please call Crime Stoppers. Despite someone in the Immigration Department being alerted, Vivian Solon languished at a Catholic mission for another two years. Mr Palmer will be able to establish

how far up in the department were the personnel who did in fact make the connection some time ago that this tragic mistake had been made. And when we have that information, The Opposition is now attempting to uncover where communications broke down. Isn't the real problem, Minister, a culture in the Department of Immigration that doesn't take criticism, that doesn't take complaints seriously? And it is quite clear that that culture needs to be - talking generically about those particular divisions that deal with that - needs attention. Meanwhile, the government's potential legal liabilities are now under scrutiny. If a court is required to calculate it, then calculate it it can. And all I can say is that it is likely to be a huge figure - in the millions. is a problematic, I think. The rest of north-east Asia is a little problematic, I think. The opposition and the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, is a little bit problematic, I think.