A Family Court judge, for a second time, has appealed to Immigration Minister, Philip Ruddock to address the issue of children in detention.
The call comes in a case involving three siblings, two of them born in detention in Australia.
In the latest case, Justice Richard Chisholm has said that he does not have the power to release the children.
He has heard evidence that their mother has suffered paranoia, post-traumatic stress and depression.
The family lived for four months last year in a psychiatric unit in Adelaide. Since returning to a detention centre, their mother has not left her room. Their father looks after them but he says he is not sure he can cope either. Two of the children were born in detention in Australia.
Welfare reports say they have behavioural problems and delayed development. It was last month, in the case of an Iranian family, Justice Chisholm said detained children should be released as a matter of urgency and he appealed to the minister. They were later granted asylum.
In this case, he has again said he has no power to act and has appealed to the minister to urgently address the family's needs.
By Paramount Welfare 26 September 03
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