Immigration Minister Ready To Face Human Rights Grilling Over Children In Detention

Scott Morrison to face inquiry on Friday morning.

1. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is expected to give testimony under oath Friday morning, appearing before an Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry.

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Mr Morrison is expected to front the inquiry looking at asylum seeker children in detention after announcing earlier this week that about 150 children would be released and placed on community bridging visas.

But hundreds of children remain in detention facilities on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island.

At the last public hearing, evidence presented including allegations against Mr Morrison’s department that it had worked to cover up the deteriorating mental health condition of some children in detention.

2. Anticipating the intense public interest of Mr Morrison’s appearence, the Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs tweeted the link to the livestream on Thursday afternoon.

3. Ms Triggs has been highly critical of the government’s policy of detaining children, saying the current implementation of the policy risks Australia breaching international law.

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4. In recent weeks, BuzzFeed has reported on the horrific drawings and collages submitted to the inquiry by children on Nauru.

6. Mr Morrison’s evidence is expected to be heard at 9:15am AEST on Friday morning.

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Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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