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(generated from captions) The Immigration Minister has confirmed that there's been another case of a mentally ill woman being wrongfully detained. The Opposition has called on Amanda Vanstone to release more details of the circumstances of the woman's detention, something the minister has so far refused to do. The revelation coincides with the tabling today of a new report recommending sweeping changes to the way the Immigration Department deals with the visa cancellation and deportation of long-term Australian residents. Tom Iggulden reports. Confirmation today of what many have long suspected - that Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon are not the only two women with a history of mental illness to be wrongly detained by the Immigration Department. In an interview with the 'Age' yesterday,

I was asked the question - "Was I aware of any others "that might fit the equivalent of Cornelia Rau?" And I said, "Yes, I was. "There was one case that, I think, is a very tragic one." I don't, obviously, have the details of that case with me at this point, but I can say that the person was... You could have expected a question. Well, I know at the interjection I could have expected a question, yes, but, Mr President, I don't intend to delve into any of these cases until the ombudsman puts out his report. We wanted, and still want, an open royal commission into these cases, into the Department of Immigration.

That allows an open, transparent process. What the minister's done is opted for an ombudsman process that guarantees that she can't be interviewed, which guarantees that she can't be questioned, which keeps everything behind closed doors. All the minister will say is the woman's been detained a number of times. And is another example of the tremendous difficulty that both the police face with mental health cases and the Immigration Department faces in relation to these cases. The problems at the Immigration Department have been keeping the Commonwealth Ombudsman busy lately. Today he released a report

into how the department deports Australian residents. The report follows revelations on Lateline last year of the cases of Robert Jovicic, who was deported to Serbia despite having grown up in Melbourne and lived in Australia for more than 30 years, and Fatir Tunchoc, who was set to be deported to Turkey after being in Australia from the age of six. Both had criminal records. And our assessment was that those issues were not dealt with as fairly, as accurately, in a balanced way that they should be, bearing in mind the drastic consequences for the person being removed from Australia. Minister Vanstone has already rejected one of the report's key recommendations - that people resident in Australia for more than 10 years be protected from deportation. And that's fine by the ombudsman. We acknowledge that that's a power that's in the legislation and that's ultimately a policy issue for government. The only point that we made is that there has been an increasing use of that power in recent years. But the Opposition says the minister should adopt all the recommendations. Minister Vanstone has pledged to implement all the report's other recommendations, including a training college for immigration officers. Tom Iggulden, Lateline.