A new study by the International Detention Coalition on incarcerating asylum seeker children puts Australian into the shameful category of countries which lock up children when they should be living in the community, the Australian Greens said today.
"This report shows that Australia has to urgently improve the way we treat vulnerable children," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.
"It is shameful that Australia is on the list of countries that locks children up simply for seeking refuge and safety.
"Australia should be among the countries which treat children well and act in the best interest of the child, not by incarcerating them.
"Most Australians, including members of Parliament, agree children should not be subject to detention, yet our law requires it mandatorily.
"Our law must be changed to outlaw the detention of children. We know it harms children and the negative effects are long-lasting. Australia can and should do better."