“Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett said he was disappointed but not surprised by the High Court judgment.
He said it was a well documented fact that children suffered in detention, as proved in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Report on children in detention.
The report found children in immigration detention for long periods of time were at high risk of serious mental harm and said the detention regime was fundamentally inconsistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
‘When you add the findings of this report to the recent High Court ruling that child protection laws do not cover children in immigration detention, it is obvious that we need to strengthen laws against child abuse,’ Senator Bartlett said.
‘The system of detaining children is child abuse and there is no excuse for child abuse.
‘This is another reason why we need federal child protection laws to give children some protection against severe breaches of their rights contained in laws such as the Migration Act.'”