A Rohingya family pictured in May who arrived by boat in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Photo: Reuters
A child has been held in immigration detention for at least 1113 days and the Abbott government has accepted just 25 Rohingya refugees despite thousands fleeing persecution, official figures show, raising fresh criticism of Australia’s hardline asylum-seeker stance.
The revelations follow alarming evidence to a Senate inquiry this week that revealed a child asylum seeker at the Nauru detention centre required medical treatment after allegedly being raped by another detainee in the shower. There have been 67 child abuse allegations at the facility.
Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said on Friday that Australia’s refugee intake should be doubled, as the party prepared for divisive debate on whether to adopt a policy of turning back asylum-seeker boats. She said all children should be released from detention.