AHRC slams Government's asylum seeker policies

THE federally-funded Australian Human Rights Commission has attacked the government's own policies, warning that there is a growing chasm between how Australia treats asylum seekers and how we ought to care for them.

In its latest "snapshot report" on asylum seekers, the AHRC warns that of the 6403 people held in mandatory immigration detention, of those 1078 or about one in six were children.

"Australia maintains one of the most restrictive immigration detention systems in the world," the report reads.

"It is mandatory, not time limited, and people are not able to challenge the need for their detention in a court of law."

It supports temporary detention, if necessary, but only on a case-by-case basis.

The report comes just days after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that asylum seekers are now to be labelled "illegal arrivals" - his way to "call a spade a spade".

Refugee Council of Australia chief Paul Power said the group "shared all the concerns" from the AHRC and would work with the government to encourage its policies to be implemented in the most humanely possible way.

The report can be accessed here.