Detainees’ mental health fears

Ms Ashford became the first children’s commissioner in the country to be given free access to young asylum seekers when she visited the centre, 30km north of Hobart, late last month.

She says the children, aged 13—17, need to be released into the community as soon as possible.

The young detainees were worried they would “go mental with the worry about what would happen to them,” Ms Ashford told reporters in Hobart.

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