Senate debates

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Children in Detention

3:35 pm

Photo of Glenn LazarusGlenn Lazarus (Queensland, Palmer United Party) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Wang and Hanson-Young, move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that Australia has an obligation to protect the health, safety and welfare of people placed in detention by the Federal Government regardless of the location of the detention centres;

(b) notes the jurisdictional issues involving detention centres, especially those located offshore, lead to allegations of abuse in these centres being referred to local police in relevant states or territories or in the countries in which the detention centres are located; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to urgently ensure that all allegations of abuse involving children in detention are referred to the Australian Federal Police and investigated on an individual basis.


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