The minister for immigration and citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, today announced changes to Australiaâs system of mandatory detention for unlawful non-citizens. Unauthorised boat arrivals will continue to be processedï¿½at theï¿½Christmas Island facility, but will now have access to legal assistance and an independent review of unfavourable decisions.
âThe department will have to justify why a person should be detained. Once in detention a
detaineeâs case will be reviewed every three months to ensure that the further detention of
the individual is justified,â Senator Evans said. âChildren will not be detained in an immigration detention centre.â
The Law Council has issued a media release welcoming the move.
View the minister's media releaseï¿½ |ï¿½ Download the minister's speech announcing the changes>
29 July 2008