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Adelaide Centacare optimistic about fate of child detainees

Adelaide's Catholic welfare agency Centacare says it is optimistic about the future of five detainee children whose fate remains in the hands of the Family Court.

Yesterday a Family Court judge postponed his decision on whether the brothers and sisters will be released from detention, until tomorrow.

The three girls live with their mother in the Woomera alternative housing project in South Australia, and the two boys live at the Baxter Detention Centre with their father.

Centacare has promised to take care of the children if they are released, and the agency's director Dale West says he remains positive despite the postponed decision.

"We're still optimistic and I'm still hopeful from what I've been told that this will go in the children's favour and then Centacare will - if that's the will of the court - undertake its responsibilities from that time."


Children's bid to escape detention (Herald-Sun)
Centacare Adelaide
Adelaide Centacare slams Govt deaf ears on child detainee report (13/5/03)
National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) | Australian Psychological Society submission | Asylum Seekers Centre submission

29 Jul 2003