Concerned: Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The Greens have called on Labor to investigate an attempted suicide by a 16-year-old boy at a Christmas Island detention centre.
The Somali boy, who was unaccompanied by family, reportedly tried to take his own life in the bathroom at a detention facility.
On Monday, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young wrote to Immigration Minister Tony Burke to call for the inquiry.
''I am concerned that there are serious questions about how the affected boy's case was handled, particularly in relation to his care, accommodation and appropriate guardianship,'' she wrote. ''I also note the overriding mental and emotional pressure inflicted on vulnerable individuals as a result of the current government's offshore detention policy.''
She wants Labor to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the handling of individual asylum seekers' cases and the care and guardianship of unaccompanied children who came by boat.
She also called for the boy to be spared transfer to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.
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