18 September 2003
Children in Immigration
Detention Inquiry – Public Hearing
A public hearing for the National Inquiry into Children in
Immigration Detention will be held tomorrow, starting at 10am.
The purpose of the hearing is to permit Australasian Correctional
Management (ACM) an opportunity to present oral submissions to the Inquiry Commissioner
Dr Sev Ozdowski. ACM will be addressing certain aspects of the draft report
of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.
The draft report, which comprises 18 chapters and approximately
700 pages, was provided to ACM in May this year so that they could respond to
the Inquiry’s preliminary findings and recommendations. ACM provided the
Inquiry with its written responses by 5 September 2003. ACM also requested an
opportunity to respond to details contained in the draft report in a public
hearing. The Inquiry granted ACM’s request pursuant to the Human Rights
and Equal Opportunity Commission Act.
Dr Ozdowski will explain in more detail the circumstances leading
to this public hearing in his opening statements. He will also set out the likely
progress of the report after this hearing is completed.
Copies of the Human Rights Commissioner’s opening remarks
will be available at the hearing or on request after 11am.
in Immigration Detention Inquiry – Public Hearing
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Hearing Room, Level 8, Piccadilly Tower
133 Castlereagh St, Sydney
(note: parking is not provided)
Friday, 19 September and Monday 22 September
Opening remarks will be made between 10am – 10.15am
Media contact: Paul Oliver (02) 9284 9880 or 0408 469
updated 18 September 2003.