The rare coalition brings together doctors who have not joined forces on the medevac issue before, and it includes the peak groups representing general practitioners, psychiatrists and intensive care specialists.
Eileen Pyne Rudzik, who came to Canada from Australia in 1968 to pursue a doctorate in developmental biology at U of T, said she was shocked when she first heard about the treatment of asylum seekers by the Australian government because the Australia she remembered was generous and welcoming to hundreds of thousands of displaced people from Europe after the Second World War.
Ms Bachelet called on MPs to stand up to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and save legislation that gives doctors more say in emergency medical transfers of asylum seekers from Papua New Guinea and Nauru to Australia.
Asked what “international bureaucracy” Australia disapproves of, Frydenberg cited “the human rights organisation within the UN” for “singling out [Australia] more than North Korea or Iran” during the Howard government era.
“Now, they were doing that at the time because of our border protection policies … that have been admired by other countries around the world for their effectiveness, ensuring that authorised arrivals come to Australia and lives are not lost at sea – so that’s a good example.”
If it were looking at the matter strictly logically, surely it would reason that the remaining people offshore present, in policy terms, what the political scientists call a “wicked problem” which medevac is helping solve.
An application was made to the Human Rights Committee’s special rapporteur on 27 September under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on behalf of the youngest girl, Tharunicaa.
Appearing before Senators investigating the proposed repeal of ‘medevac’, the Kaldor Centre’s Madeline Gleeson offered to table seven years’ worth of reports documenting the progressive physical and mental health deterioration among people held on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, before the medical transfer legislation was enacted on 1 March 2019.
Outlined below in 28 brief notes, the reports show successive stages of suffering in a system that has claimed at least 12 lives.
…….I despise the way some of our politicians (including our Prime Minister) parade their Christianity but betray its fundamental principle: do unto others what you would them do unto you. The sheer inhumanity of policies since 1996 have made me ashamed to be Australian.
Thousands of people die in PNG every year from curable diseases despite everybody’s efforts. Trying to push the idea that asylum seekers and refugees in PNG have proper health care is laughable and irritating.
Guardian Australia understands the final report was delivered to government in February but the immigration minister, David Coleman, does not intend to release it until the end of this year, when it’s expected to be published along with the government’s response.
The government has repeatedly refused requests for both the report and for an explanation of why it hasn’t been released.