Melissa Jane Petrak- Who Is looking After The Children?

The recent win by Maurice Blackburn will see Australian born children released from detention centres.[1] The Government’s latest statistics, dated 28 February 2015, reveal:[2]

  • 133 children are held in immigration detention facilities within Australia;
  • 107 children are held in detention on Nauru;
  • 1,544 children are detained in the communityunder residence determinations, a system referred to as community detention; and
  • 2,499 children are living in the community on bridging visas which mean their parents generally have no work rights and very limited access to any Government support. [3]

 

There are now calls for an apology amidst the allegations that led to the removal of ten- Save the Children staff from Nauru.[4] Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has announced a review will be conducted to fully investigate the matter.

 

The latest findings in the Moss Review uncover that the Criminal code of Nauru must be bought into line to address child protection issues.[5] The Federal police will work closely to implement the new laws. There are a large number of sexual and physical abuse cases that have been referred onto the appropriate authorities in Nauru.

The Moss Report is the first time the Government have intervened to the sexual abuse allegations.

It has been rumoured some paedophiles actually leave their country to gain access to sexually abuse children and take advantage of the children’s disadvantaged position.[6]

There is also rumours the security staff are involved in sexualised behaviour towards the detainees. The report will address all issues surrounding the allegations.

 There is little the fourth estate can do to report on the issues of sexual abuse, with the recent banning of reporting on detention centres. [7]

[1] February 12 2015- Maurice Blackburn please see-  https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/about/media-centre/media-statements/2015/lawyers-for-asylum-seeker-children-support-royal-commission/ and also https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/legal-services/general-law/social-justice/asylum-seeker-rights/

[2] Kind thanks to Chilout who provide the information on their website- http://www.chilout.org/new_legislation

[3] As found on chilout- http://www.chilout.org/new_legislation

[4] Save the Children staff removed from Nauru deserve an apology, CEO says

Date-March 21, 2015 – 10:25PM-http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/save-the-children-staff-removed-from-nauru-deserve-an-apology-ceo-says-20150321-1m4ifq.html

[5] A detailed article and news story on the findings of the Moss Review by SBS- http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/03/20/report-condemns-nauru-detention-centre-conditions

[6]  Concerns of Amnesty-  Now I would like to say that in the countries these men come from you can have your entire criminal history erased for small bribe, you can also change your name as well. How can Australia properly process these people if its impossible to know who they are? http://www.amnesty.org.au/refugees/comments/33587/

[7] Comments drawn from Paul Farrels article below- http://refugeeaction.org/20150123/is-public-interest-reporting-in-australia-under-threat/ http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/22/journalists-reporting-on-asylum-seekers-referred-to-australian-police?CMP=share_btn_tw- and – An article by Paul Farrel – The Guardian News http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/22/journalism-is-not-a-so-why-are-reporters-being-referred-to-police

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