You can understand why there have been no figures published since February 2011.
Amidst all the promises about the Community Detention Program made by the PM in October and then the Minister in November comes the reality in May.
WAIT for it – OUT OF 1048 CHILDREN IN DETENTION – there are 156 who have been released into the community.
There are 79 Unaccompanied Minors in this group of 156.
This has taken 7 months to achieve this.
The government has told us that 900 children and families will be released by June 2011.
The story behind this broken promise is that teenagers were promised for months that they would be released.
Many kids were called up and given the talk then asked to sign a form for community detention – some twice- then they sat and waited with broken hearts and spirits as month after month went by and they remained in detention.
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“NO ONE CHOOSES TO BE AN ASYLUM SEEKER”