The Australian Human Rights Commission says a national inquiry is needed into the handling of children in detention because the immigration department has refused to cooperate with it.
Professor Triggs said the human rights body wanted to know more about the mental health impacts of detention, how children are being treated “when they’re manifesting conditions of extreme anxiety”, and why some are transferred offshore to Nauru and other are not.
Which is fine but I question why the Human Rights Commission never felt the need for a national inquiry whilst Rudd and Gillard were in power. It’s not as if there weren’t any kids in detention over those six years – there were hundreds – but somehow that was different. I further note they didn’t feel the need for an inquiry about the hundreds of kids drowned over these six years.
What am I missing?