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Old 12-11-2006, 05:20 PM
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Default Re: Things Are Getting Curiouser And Curiouser Down Under

Mentally ill and kids wrongly detained
Cath Hart
December 07, 2006
http://theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20885083-2702,00.html
Mentally ill and kids wrongly detained
Cath Hart
December 07, 2006
AN East Timorese man suffering from chronic schizophrenia was held in immigration detention for 43 days before it was discovered he was a permanent resident.

The man, known as Mr G, had been living on the streets of Fremantle when he was detained in 2002 after the Department of Immigration assumed he was an illegal immigrant.

Details of the case were revealed by commonwealth Ombudsman John McMillan yesterday in one of three reports on 20 people who had been held in immigration detention but released after their detention was found to be unlawful.

Professor McMillan described the 20 cases, which include children and Australian citizens, as "shocking".

DIMA secretary Andrew Metcalfe confirmed that a "small number" of people in the group were negotiating compensation deals with the department.

Reports by Professor McMillan released yesterday on Mr G, children in detention and detention of people with poor mental health showed "significant administrative deficiencies".

"The result is that some people were detained who should not have been detained," he said.

Professor McMillan said poor understanding of immigration law and policy among DIMA staff, combined with inadequate training, deficient record-keeping and failure of internal monitoring, had resulted in the wrongful detention of Australian citizens, permanent residents and lawful visa-holders.

His investigation into a group of 10 children in detention revealed that eight of them were either Australian citizens or visa-holders.

One child was held for 282 days, while another was held without a parent.

DIMA has accepted the Ombudsman's recommendation that a dedicated policy document on children be prepared.

Professor McMillan's investigation into the detention of people with poor mental health found five Australian citizens, three permanent residents and one temporary visa-holder had been detained.

The inquiry said some police services had a "tendency to transfer a person to DIMA rather than deal with the person as a policing matter, when it appears the person's ethnicity does not accord with the perceived ethnic profile of Australians".

The cases occurred between 2000 and 2005, before sweeping reforms of DIMA sparked by the Vivian Alvarez and Cornelia Rau scandals.

Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said yesterday her department had accepted the Ombudsman's recommendations and that reforms already under way would address many of the issues raised in the reports.

"Mistakes were clearly made, which we sincerely regret, but I am pleased the Ombudsman has been closely involved with the reform program and acknowledged the progress made so far," she said.

Labor immigration spokesman Tony Burke said the reports showed children and the mentally ill had been "the victims ... most hurt by this Government's incompetence in immigration".

The Ombudsman is still investigating 227 cases.
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Yep, "You bring the 'right' ones in, you kick the 'wrong' ones out, you bring 'right' ones in, and you stir them all about..."

My mother, a many decade permanent resident, became a citizen about a decade before these 'embarrassing cases' came to light, having been 'tipped off' through the Eastern European Catholic 'Brotherhood', that deportation of 'unwanted' people would start happening.

Lucky for us, our family would notice if someone 'went missing', but this 'mobile workforce' "TOOL" of the NWO, could be fought a little if more folk got back in the habit of regular contact with loved ones, no matter how 'well' their life seems to be going.
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