The Immigration Minister has announced that a baby at the centre of a stand off between doctors and the Government will be released into community detention.

SBS reports baby Asha, being treated in a Queensland hospital will be released into community detention and not immediately transferred to Nauru, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says.

Doctors at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital had refused to release one-year-old baby Asha until an acceptable home was identified, with the stand-off prompting a week of rallies outside the hospital by asylum-seeker advocates.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Mr Dutton told reporters it was part of the government’s policy to release asylum seekers into the community after they had received medical treatment.

“We are proposing that baby Asha will come from Lady Cilento and into community detention”, Mr Dutton said in Brisbane on Sunday.

So great to hear!

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  • That looks like a big turnout for the rally. Its wonderful to hear baby Asha is well enough to leave hospital. Best of luck in your new home little one.

    • yes good luck to that little baby. she has raised a lot of awareness to the situation.


  • That is wonderful news


  • Poor baby Asha. She is a defenseless little baby. It’s not right to put her in a detention centre :-(


  • They have stuck to Govt. policy, found a safe place for them.


  • Oh, good! Asha and her family. This is great news indeed. :-)


  • So happy that the government came to its senses.


  • This seems like a good result.


  • Good news for this family, this is a complex issue but we need to remember compassion and preventing long term damage.


  • It’s a hard topic. There is a process that should be followed if you choose to live in Australia, but how desperate must these people be to make such a hazardous journey. A very tough political decision which will always be filled with differing views – heart v head


  • the first step is accomplished finally.


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