Submission to National Inquiry
into Children in Immigration Detention from
the Social Responsibilities
Commission, Anglican Province of Western Australia
Dear Dr Ozdowski
The Social Responsibilities Commission was established by the Anglican
Diocese of Perth in the early 1980s, and became a provincial body a decade
later. Throughout its history, the Commission has sought to be an advocate
for the human rights of all people, particularly those who are the most
vulnerable in society.
The inquiry into
the situation of children in immigration detention centres has been welcomed
by the Commission, and we wish you well in this important endeavour.
Because of its concern
for refugees and asylum seekers, the Commission has formed close links
with CARAD, the Coalition Assisting Refugees After Detention.
CARAD has forwarded
a copy of their submission to the Commission, and I am writing to endorse
In particular, the
Commission shares CARAD's opposition to the detention of asylum seekers
while their claim for protection is being processed. This has been the
Commission's position since the introduction of the detention policy over
a decade ago.
As CARAD's submission
is lengthy, we have chosen not to send you another copy, but simply ask
that you note our support for it.
Revd Dr Anna J Killigrew
May 3rd, 2002
Updated 9 January 2003.