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The government proposed deadline for removing children from immigration detention centres is only 2 days away. In March, The Minister for Immigration told parliament all was on track for this to occur. A more recent report by the Australian Government to the UNHRC admits that this deadline will not be met.

ChilOut, a citizens’ group campaigning on behalf of children in immigration detention, has just launched a report into detention conditions on Christmas Island, No Place for Children.

It is chilling reading. Concerned citizens need to keep speaking up. These places are highly inappropriate for the locking up of children whose only misdemeanor is to accompany those fleeing persecution and danger (not that they are not at risk anyway). It is time this mandatory detention regime ended for all asylum seekers.