FactCheck Q&A: Has the number of asylum seeker children in detention declined?

October 21, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny Following claims made by politicians on the ABC’s Q&A on October 12 about the numbers of asylum seeker children in detention under the current Coalition government and the former ALP government, The Conversation asked the School of Law’s Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny to check the assertions.

In the article, Professor Kenny assesses whether the number of asylum seeking children in Nauru declined from 2000 to 104 since the Coalition took office. She also checks whether children in detention were ‘languishing’ when the ALP was in power, or whether they were processed out of detention quickly.

Professor Kenny’s analysis of the claims can be read here.

Her assessments were reviewed by Dr Robyn Sampson, a research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology.

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