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Asylum seeker family's future still in limbo

The mother of the Bakhtiyari children, who is being detained with her baby in an Adelaide motel, may soon be allowed to stay with her older children despite a court ruling likely to tighten the children's detention conditions.

The Courier-Mail reports that in the Federal Court yesterday, judge Bruce Lander dismissed an application by five of the children for an interim injunction against the Federal Government pending a final hearing seeking their release from detention.

Alamdar, 15, Muntazer, 14, Nagina, 12, Samina, 10, and Amina, 7, have been living in an Adelaide house under the care of the Catholic Centacare welfare agency since last year.

The children, along with their mother Roqiah and their nine-month-old baby brother have exhausted all avenues of appeal and have been eligible for removal from Australia since February 2003.

This year a High Court decision ordered the children stay in detention until they were removed from Australia. The children sought an order restraining the Government from acting, but they were placed in home detention before the court could rule.

A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone welcomed the court's confirmation that the children were not refugees.

Bakhtiyaris' future still in limbo (The Courier Mail 4/6/04)

Bakhtiaris stay locked up but may soon live with mum (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP 3/6/04)
Bakhtiari children to remain in home detention (ABC Radio PM 3/6/04)
Asylum seekers refused interim release from detention (ABC Radio The World Today 3/6/04)
Asylum seeker children in limbo (CathNews 14/5/04)
Churches back calls for release of abused detainee children (Insights 13/5/04)
Australia breaches children's human rights (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 13/5/04)
No more children for Baxter, pleads SA (ABC West Coast SA 13/5/04)
Vanstone critical of Human Rights Commission report (ABC Radio PM 13/5/04)
HREOC denounces Govt policy of placing children in detention centres (ABC Radio AM 6/5/04)
Labor says Govt should rethink detention centre policy (ABC Radio AM 6/5/04)
Ruddock stands by detention of children policy (ABC Radio AM 6/5/04)
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Children's release from detention "unlawful" (CathNews 30/4/04)

4 Jun 2004