FIVE CHILDREN were released from an Australian detention centre yesterday after a court challenged the conservative government's tough stand against illegal immigration.
The Family Court of Australia said the siblings - girls aged five, nine and 11, and boys aged 13 and 15 - would be cared for by an Adelaide family until a hearing next month to determine if they should go back to detention until they were deported. The decision overturned a ruling in June, which found it was illegal to hold children indefinitely in detention centres but that releasing the five and separating them from their parents was not in their best interests. The family court said potential problems with the children being separated from their parents were outweighed by the detrimental impact of detention, which had exposed them to violence and other inappropriate behaviour.
"The evidence is overwhelming in favour of these children being released from detention immediately," the court said in a statement.
The children were freed from the detention centre into the care of the Catholic welfare agency Centacare. The government has launched a High Court appeal, due next month, against the …