I got an email from my local MP this morning:
Dear Ms McLean,
Thank you for your email expressing concern about children in detention.
I am very sympathetic to the difficult circumstances facing the family members of the people tragically killed at Christmas Island on 15 December last year, especially the children.
We have a duty of care to ensure the health and well-being of all children in the care of the Immigration Department very seriously, particularly in relation to mental health issues.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is currently finalising arrangements and advice to enable Minister Bowen to make a decision to accommodate Sina, the 9 year old orphan who travelled to Sydney for the funerals, and his family, in community detention arrangements, along with accommodation options for the other two orphans and their family members.
Sina and the other two children along with their families are expected to be living in the community by the end of next week.
I hope this information is of assistance to you. Should you feel I can be of further assistance in this or any other matter in future, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
Kelvin Thomson MP
Member for Wills
Letters do make a difference, if enough people write them. Now we just have to get the other 700+ children out of detention…