The Australian Greens have today written to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to request that allegations of sexual abuse in Australia’s immigration detention centres be investigated.
“Overnight we have heard further allegations of sexual abuse against women and children in the Nauru detention centre, these reports are shocking and must be investigated, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“That is why today I have written to the Royal Commission to request that these allegations of abuse be investigated.
“The government was made aware of these allegation months ago and did nothing.
“Rather than protecting children the government has been more concerned about protecting themselves.
“The culture of secrecy and intimidation of staff who report these incidents has allowed abuse against children to breed.
“You have got to wonder what moral compass this government has when they continue to leave woman and children locked up in an environment where they are subject to abuse and assault.”
Current figures state that there are 107 children locked in Nauru and over 60 scheduled to be deported from Australia back to the Nauru detention camp.
“If the Minister Dutton really cares about these families he will release them and halt any further transfers to the camp.
“The government must stop transferring women and children back to the abuse environment on Nauru.”