The Plight of People Living with Disabilities within Australian Immigration Detention: Demonised, Detained and Disowned.
This paper focuses on the plight of people living with a disability detained in Australian run immigration detention centres, in both onshore and offshore facilities (including Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Island). It does not examine the suitability of community based options such as Community Detention and release into community on a bridging visa for people living with disabilities.
This report will not be providing an in-depth analysis of asylum seeker or mandatory detention policies in Australia. Furthermore, this research will not explore the purpose or policy aims of mandatory detention; nonetheless, NEDA is of the opinion that mandatory detention does not stop people from travelling by boat to Australia, and therefore questions its efficacy as a deterrent.