No answers here. We’ve received a tip from multiple sources telling us that a mentally ill Iranian asylum seeker who was detained on Christmas Island and facing deportation set himself on fire over the weekend, and since has been refused medical attention. Though details are still sparse, we put this to the Immigration Department and received the following response:
“The Department is not aware of any incident in the past week involving a man setting himself on fire. Detainees have access to appropriate health care and medical treatment at a standard at least comparable to the health care available to the Australian community generally.”
We’re still looking for more details, if you know more, get in touch.