Detention centres like ‘funeral homes’

A four-member observer team from the rights group is on a 12-day tour of Australian detention centres, talking to staff and detainees and inspecting conditions.

The latest recommendation follows repeated calls from the AMA for mandatory detention to be axed, with association president Dr Steve Hambleton previously describing the policy as “inherently harmful to the physical and mental health of detainees”.

After visiting the Curtin detention centre in Western Australia's Kimberley region on Sunday and Monday, Amnesty refugee expert Dr Graham Thom said long-time detainees there