The children are still held under armed guard, some in detention centres like Christmas Island, and others in remote camps (like Leonora), hostels or temporary accommodation, and their freedom and access to services and support are severely curtailed.
Children's mental and physical health is at severe risk from the nature and conditions of detention. Here in WA police are investigating allegations that two children have been sexually abused at the immigration detention facility in Leonora.
Let's not forget that in 2007 the Labor Party adopted a policy to return the management of all immigration detention centres to public sector management. But it was not long before that commitment was overturned by the then Minister Chris Evans