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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 8630

Asylum Seeker Children

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

This petition of Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children draws the attention of the Senate to the prolonged and inhumane detention of minors under eighteen in detention centres that causes them significant mental and physical illness and developmental delay and that is in breach of Australia's international obligations.

We therefore ask the Senate to act immediately to investigate past and current policies and practices with regards to refugee and asylum seeking minors and to support freeing all minors in detention and their families into the Australian community.

by Senator Rice (from 2550 citizens).