Friday, March 03, 2006

Two more 'lost' in detention system

The Age reports "two men were lost in Australia's immigration detention system for several years while officials tried unsuccessfully to identify them, in a case that echoes the Cornelia Rau scandal.

In a damning report, Commonwealth Ombudsman John McMillan criticised the slowness of immigration officials in investigating the men's backgrounds and called for their urgent release into the community while the inquiries continued."

The dreadful state of the detention system can only be fully investigated by a Royal Commission. This ongoing scandal must be exposed to the full glare of public scrutiny.

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