Public Hearing in Sydney, Tuesday, 9 September 2014

 The fifth public hearing of the inquiry was held at the Australian Human Rights Commission on Tuesday, 9th September.

The witness for this hearing was the Hon Chris Bowen MP, who was the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from September 2010 until February 2013.

Members of the public were able to attend at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Lvl 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. Click here for the Sydney Public Hearing Schedule 9 September 2014.

Transcripts from the fifth hearing, 9 September 2014:

The hearing was streamed live and recorded.
 


Public hearing in Canberra, Friday, 22 August 2014

The fourth public hearing of the inquiry was held in Canberra at Parliament House on Friday, 22nd August.

The witnesses for this hearing were: The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection; Mr Paris Aristotle and Professor Nicholas Procter, Chair and Member of the Minister's Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention respectively; and Ms Deborah Homewood, Managing Director of MAXimus Solutions, responsible for providing support to unaccompanied children in immigration detention.

Members of the public were able to attend as observers at Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Canberra. Click here for the Canberra Public Hearing Schedule 22 August 2014

Transcripts from the fourth hearing, 22 August 2014:

The hearing was streamed live and recorded.

 

Public hearing in Sydney, Thursday, 31 July 2014

The third public hearing of the inquiry was held in Sydney on 31 July 2014. At that hearing a number of witnesses were compelled to attend and answer questions under section 21(5) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth). Witnesses included medical and child welfare professionals who worked with children and families in detention, including on Nauru, and senior representatives of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The full list of the witnesses who appeared at the third hearing is available here:   Sydney Public Hearing Schedule 31 July 2014

Transcripts from the third hearing, 31 July 2014:

Parts of the hearing were streamed live and recorded. The video below contains part of the evidence of Dr Grant Ferguson and Dr John-Paul Sanggaran, the evidence of Professor Elizabeth Elliott, the two sessions of evidence from Ms Kirsty Diallo, and the evidence from the Secretary and representatives of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
 

 

Public hearing in Melbourne, Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The second public hearing of the inquiry was held in Melbourne at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Wednesday, 2nd July 2014. Expert witnesses gave evidence about the impacts of immigration detention on the health, well-being and development of children. These witnesses included pediatricians, psychiatrists, representatives from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and representatives from IHMS who provide health services to all of Australia’s immigration detention facilities.

The schedule of the witnesses who appeared at the second hearing is available here: Melbourne Public Hearing Schedule 2 July 2014

Click here for key statistics and pictures from the hearing.

Transcripts from the second public hearing, 2nd July 2014:

 

Public hearing in Sydney, Friday, 4 April 2014

The first of the public hearings of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 was held in Sydney on Friday 4 April 2014. At that hearing the inquiry heard from selected individuals who had been invited to appear, including doctors, psychiatrists, educators, representatives from key NGOs, and people who had been in immigration detention in Australia as children. The schedule of the witnesses who appeared at the first hearing is available here: Sydney Public Hearing Schedule 4 April 2014

Transcripts from the first public hearing, 4th April 2014: