Submitted by Marilyn Shepherd on July 26, 2007 - 5:33pm.
When Vivian Alvarez was found in the Philipines the information of this
33 was already public, so Amanda Vanstone launched an inquiry into the
possible illegal detentions of other Australians, or worse other
deportations. 247 cases were then sent to the Ombudsman. The most chilling case was the case of LP, an Australian citizen child
incarcerated for 149 days as “a visitor to his mother”. Just a guest of the minister in a regime of brutal
detention that was utterly illegal. No-one bothered to ascertain if the
reality was that the child was a citizen.