In reply: The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Mr Philip Ruddock, claims that our article contains several errors of fact and distortions. He does not comment on the substantive concerns of the article, but implies that the errors undermine the credibility of our finding — that prolonged detention of asylum seekers appears to cause serious psychological harm. In response, we will address the alleged errors of fact and then the credibility of the observations made in our article.
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