Commission Website: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention


Submissions to the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention:

The Commission received more than 300 submissions for its Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, announced in November 2001.

Click on the links below to access submissions relating to specific issues raised by the Inquiry and submissions from individuals/ organisations attending public hearings.


Submission received from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs prepared a submission in response to the terms of reference of the Commission's Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention and to issues raised in the Background Papers.

To access the DIMIA submission visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/detention/hreoc


Submissions focussing on Multiple Issues


Submissions on Legal Issues

These submissions were made by individual lawyers and by bodies representing lawyers and the judiciary as well as organisations and individuals whose submissions dealt mainly with legal issues raised by the Inquiry:


Submissions on Health and Disability Issues

Health

Disability


Submissions on the Psychological health of child asylum seekers:

Literature review on the psychological difficulties facing child refugees and asylum seekers

The Psychological Well Being of Child and Adolescent Refugee and Asylum Seekers: Overview of Major Research Findings of the Past Ten Years is a literature review undertaken by Trang Thomas, Professor of Psychology, and Winnie Lau, Clinical Psychology Researcher, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. The review identifies several consistent findings by international studies on the psychological difficulties facing child and adolescent refugees and asylum seekers. For example, unaccompanied minors are at greater psychological risk than others. However, the review also points to the need for more research in certain areas. It includes extensive References and Suggested Readings.

To access the Literature review on the psychological difficulties facing child refugees and asylum seekers click here.


Submissions on Education in Immigration Detention Centres:


Artwork Submitted to the Inquiry

The following poems and drawings were submitted to the inquiry.


Public Hearing - Melbourne, 30 - 31st May 2002

Public hearings for the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention were held in Melbourne on 30th and 31st May 2002.

The following people were scheduled to appear. Submissions received from these individuals/ organisations have been made available where possible.

Thursday 30th May from 2pm


Public Hearing - Perth, 10 June 2002

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention visited Western Australia from 10 to 19 June and held a public meeting in Perth on 10 June 2002.

The following people were scheduled to appear. Submissions received from these individuals/ organisations have been made available where possible.


Public Hearing - Adelaide, 1 - 2 July 2002

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention visited South Australia from 27 June - 3 July and held a public meeting in Adelaide from 1 - 2 July 2002.

Submissions received from individuals/ organisations in South Australia have been made available where possible.


Public Hearing- Sydney, 15 - 17 July 2002

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention held a public meeting in Sydney from 15 - 17 July 2002.

Submissions received from individuals/ organisations in New South Wales have been made available where possible:


Public Hearing - Brisbane, 5th August 2002

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention held a public meeting in Brisbane on 5th August 2002.

Submissions received from individuals/ organisations in Queensland have been made available where possible:


Statements about individuals

The Commission agreed to suppress names of individuals in published submissions where it is alleged that those individuals have acted inappropriately or illegally. The objective of this is to avoid publicity about an individual when there has been no opportunity to test the claims made against him or her.

This decision is in accordance with the Directions issued by the Human Rights Commissioner on 19 April 2002 entitled 'General Directions by the Human Rights Commissioner: Preservation of Anonymity and Limitations on Publication.' These directions are to be found on the Commission's website at: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/human_rights/children_detention/privacy.html

Disclaimer

The Commission was publishing these submissions without modification for public information and to facilitate comment. The submissions may contain errors and their publication does not represent any finding by the Commission about the matters contained in them.

Last Updated 23 February 2006.