Asylum seekers – mandatory detention and release of children

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Phil GlendenningPrime Minister Gillard’s announcement that the government will release from detention children and family groups seeking asylum in Australia is being welcomed by church and community groups. Yet many Australians would have been shocked to learn that 738 children were being held in immigration detention centres around Australia, some for long periods. Phil Glendenning led the Edmund Rice Centre’s research team for the Deported To Danger series which monitored the safety of rejected asylum seekers in 22 countries, and resulted in an internationally screened documentary, “A Well Founded Fear”. Today he is primarily involved in human rights education, peace and reconciliation work and advocacy on climate change in Australia and internationally. Phil Glendenning is also a current Board Member of the Refugee Council of Australia.

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