The Department of Home Affairs says it will not be investigating the death of an unknown man at its Maitland Refugee Reception Centre.
The man, who was apparently sick when he arrived at the building, was queuing for asylum-seeker documents when he died.
People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty’s (PASSOP) Langton Miriyoga, acknowledges that the man was sick, but says guards apparently refused to let the man to the front of the queue even after being told that he needed to go to a doctor as soon as possible. Miriyoga, himself an asylum-seeker, says service at the centre is deplorable and the queuing systems are completely inadequate.
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