The Forgotten Children Report

Precedent, Issue 128, May/June, Australia: Australian Lawyers Alliance, 48-51.

RegNet Research Paper No. 2016/104

8 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2016

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Emma Larking

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

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Date Written: March 29, 2016


The report of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) most recent national inquiry into the impact of immigration detention on children, ‘The Forgotten Children’, was publicly released in February 2015 and immediately dismissed by then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, as ‘a political stitch-up’. This article considers what the inquiry found concerning the impact of detention on children and its legality under international law. It also reflects on whether the recent release of some children from detention constitutes a victory for human rights.

Keywords: Immigration detention, refugees, international law, rights of the child

JEL Classification: I18, K33

Suggested Citation

Larking, Emma, The Forgotten Children Report (March 29, 2016). Precedent, Issue 128, May/June, Australia: Australian Lawyers Alliance, 48-51.; RegNet Research Paper No. 2016/104. Available at SSRN:

Emma Larking (Contact Author)

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

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