Just wanted to emerge quickly from thesisdom to draw people’s attention to three new posts on this tragic issue which is increasingly exposing a lot of very flawed practices in a range of public domains. Saintinastraitjacket has some very interesting thoughts as well as a comprehensive update of media reports at DogFightAtBankstown. Francis Xavier Holden at From a LAN Downunder gets to the moral and ethical heart of the matter beautifully. Andrew Bartlett at AndrewBartlettOnline argues that many important issues have been raised by the Rau case:
The case of Cornelia Rau may turn out to be one of those terrible incidents that provide a wake-up call and a catalyst for positive change. I hope so.
I hope so too. These issues include but are not limited to the culture of DIMIA, better training for the Police, dysfunctionalities of Federal-State relationships, the stonewalling by Ministers and their offices, basic issues of human rights, the detention regime itself, and the care and treatment of the mentally ill. Surely this tragic sequence of events requires an Independent Commission with judicial powers to make some serious and far-reaching recommendations.
Michelle Grattan in The Age describes Vanstone’s response as “completely inadequate”.