ACFID welcomes Royal Commission examination of Government action to protect children detained offshore

21 Feb, 2017

ACFID CEO, Marc Purcell, responds to news that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will examine the response of the Commonwealth government to the recommendations of the Child Protection Panel in its report, ‘Making Children Safer – the wellbeing and protection of children in immigration detention and regional processing centres’.

ACFID CEO, Marc Purcell said:

“It is of paramount importance that the Government’s actions in relation to the protection of children detained in Manus, Nauru and here in Australia are fully examined. 

“The Royal Commission has the independence and the power to shed light where the Government has sought to hide child abuse or denied proper protection to the most vulnerable children.

“The Government has been dragged kicking and screaming to hold its own inquiries and didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already know – that it is wrong to detain children for any length of time. As a result of investigative reporting and reports by NGOs and independent authorities, it has been found that the Government’s own systems failed to protect children in hundreds of cases.

“It was clear from independent legal advice that the Royal Commission had the power to examine current incidents of child abuse at offshore detention centres under the Australian Government’s control. We are glad that they will now do so, if only in a limited way.

“We echo the calls for both major political parties to form a bipartisan commitment to immediately evacuate the offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru and bring these people to safety."


Further information

ACFID Media Release August 12, 2016


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