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Dutton's response to the Nauru files 'morally unacceptable' says mental health expert

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On Wednesday, The Guardian released a slew of disturbing new examples of sexual abuse, self harm and appalling living conditions at Australia's immigration detention facility on Nauru. It's the largest ever cache of leaked documents from the island facility, with more than 2,000 incident reports written by guards, caseworkers, child protection workers and teachers. And more than half of the incident reports involve children.

Yesterday, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton downplayed the significance of the documents, saying that many of the incidents had been reported before, were not serious, or were motivated by a desire to come to Australia.

Louise Newman, Professor of psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and former member of the Government Advisory Committee on Offshore Detention, is in nightly contact with women on Nauru.

Newman says Minister Dutton's comments were a 'morally unacceptable attempt to trivialise, dismiss and blame the victims'.

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