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More Problems Found In Australia's Immigration System
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 11, 2005

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA--The investigation into the improper incarceration and neglect of an Australian woman with schizophrenia has revealed more problems with the treatment of people with mental illness caught in the country's immigration system.

Last month, an inquiry into the 10-month detention of Cornelia Rau took a new turn, when investigators learned that immigration officials deported Vivian Alvarez, an Australian woman with mental illness, to the Philippines four years ago. Officials have not been able to locate Alvarez.

Earlier this month, the Federal Court criticized the government for failing to provide psychiatric treatment to two Iranian detainees who experienced severe depression while held at Baxter Detention Center. Justice Paul Finn found that the delays and neglect contributed to the men's mental illness.

Investigators discovered that the government had wrongly held other Australians in detention.

It was also revealed that staff at a Sydney immigration detention center separated a detainee from her two-year-old daughter, then sedated her and sent her to a psychiatric facility for more than a week last summer, as punishment for talking to the media over problems at that center.

Related:
"Govt guilty of neglect at Baxter: judge" (The Age)

http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/05/05/1115092610859.html
"Baxter criticism concerns government" (The Age)
http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/05/05/1115092609871.html
"Govt guilty of neglect at Baxter: judge" (The Age)
http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/05/05/1115092610859.html
"Doctor concerned over detainee treatment (The Age)
http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/05/05/1115092628958.html
"Canberra censured for detainees' treatment" (The Age)
http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/05/05/1115092624019.html

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