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Scherger leg of immigration network inquiry hears more stories of damaged people

Members of the ongoing immigration detention network inquiry have seen and heard more graphic examples of damaged asylum seekers, this time at the Scherger detention centre in far north Queensland.

"This morning we've heard from a psychiatrist who, like other mental health experts before him, confirmed inadequate support services are available for detainees," inquiry deputy chair and Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"No matter what the Immigration Department says evidence from this psychiatrist, the brave former nurse who spoke to Lateline last night and other insiders show the preventable harm caused by indefinite mandatory detention.

"The inquiry has already heard of the need for time limits on detention and for people to be moved into the community once they have been assessed as being safe to release."

Sen. Hanson-Young also said she hoped Immigration Minister Bowen's proposal to lift the humanitarian intake by expelling people to Malaysia or elsewhere will be defeated at the ALP national conference.

"Australia can and should be accepting 20-25,000 people under the humanitarian category, but never at the expense of resuming illegal off-shore assessments of asylum seekers," Sen. Hanson-Young said.


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