Monthly Archives: September 2011

DIMIA thinks being a “guardian” is about deporting children and denying them access to independent lawyers

That’s some catch, that Catch-22:

NT Legal Aid’s Susan Cox, QC, said the commission was concerned that unaccompanied asylum seeker children were also not being provided with independent legal advice. NT Legal Aid had been blocked by the immigration department from gaining access to three unaccompanied minors in Darwin, she said.

The department replied that the minister for immigration was the guardian of unaccompanied asylum seeker children, so it was up to the department to appoint legal representatives.

The children can’t get a lawyer to look after their interests being ignored by the Department because the Department is the only entity that it will permit to arrange for them to have lawyers.

Check and mate, abused children.