NT docs disgusted by detention of 100 children in Darwin

NORTHERN Territory doctors have voiced their outrage regarding the more than 100 children who remain in the Darwin detention centre, accusing the government of “child abuse” following the reported suicide attempt of a detained nine-year-old child.

The accusation comes as refugee advocates last week welcomed the AMA’s tougher stance on mandatory detention.

AMA Northern Territory refugee spokesperson Dr Peter Morris hit out at the government last week after evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers detailed the case of a nine-year-old boy who attempted suicide in the Darwin detention centre.

“[Doctors in the territory] just think it is disgusting that families and children are being detained in Darwin when they are no security threat, and no health threat,” Dr Morris said.

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the government was “concerned by instances of self