Supplementary written evidence submitted by Madeline Gleeson (CHA0059)


1. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and provide evidence about Australia’s offshore processing policies. At the session on Wednesday 11 November 2020, I gave evidence about two reports documenting the impact of offshore processing on the mental health of people subject to that policy, and Ms Dianne Abbott requested that I provide those reports to the Committee.


The two reports I referenced were as follows:


<https://www.unhcr.org/en-au/publications/legal/58362da34/submission-to-the- senate-legal-and-constitutional-affairs-committee-serious.html> pages 9-15.1


<https://msf.org.au/sites/default/files/attachments/indefinite_despair_3.pdf> page 4 (‘The data shows that the mental health suffering on Nauru is among the worst MSF has ever seen, including in projects providing care for victims of torture’).


2. These reports are available online and I have provided copies to the Secretariat. In case it would assist the Committee, I have also provided the Secretariat with a copy of a submission I provided to the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee in September 2019 summarising some of the reports which have documented the progressive deterioration of the physical and mental health of people subject to offshore processing since 2012.





Please do not hesitate to be in touch if I can assist the Committee further.


Yours sincerely,


Madeline Gleeson

Senior Research Associate

Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law


November 2020


1 See also: UNHCR, ‘UNHCR appeals to Australia to act and save lives at immediate risk’ (23 October 2018)