19 July – AUSTRALIA-WIDE:
6th Anniversary – Manus and Nauru
Regional protests: Thurs 18 and Fri 19 July
Thurs 18 July
- Newcastle Thursday, 18th 5 – 6pm, King St, opp Trades Hall
Newcastle Facebook event here
Friday 19 July
- Nowra 10-12pm cnr Berry And Junction Streets.
- Hobart 12.30 The famous Tassie Nannas plan to walk from Hobart’s Elizabeth Street Mall (their regular knotting spot) with posters, banners and knitted chains to the office of Senator Jonathan Duniam, taking a letter to deliver to him. Other groups (eg Amnesty) are welcome to join us.
- Hobart 4:30-6p.m. on the corner of Murray and Macquarie St.
Facebook event here
- Bendigo 5pm Friday, 19 July event here
Saturday, 20 July 2019 – RAC Rallies:
- Sydney 2pm Sydney Town Hall event here
- Melbourne 2pm State Library event here
- Brisbane 2pm Queens Park event here
- Perth 10.30am forest place event here
- Adelaide 2pm Parliament event here
- Canberra: 1pm, cnr Northbourne Ave & London Cct, Civic. Canberra FB event here
Medevac Legislation Update
(thanks to GADRC for this information and suggestions)
The threatened repeal of the Medevac legislation is a top priority as the new Parliament convenes in the coming week.
Please focus on lobbying and letter writing to your local MP and others such as: Liberal MP’s Russell Broadbent and Trent Zimmerman, the Indi independent Helen Haines and Greens MP Adam Bandt in the House and the Centre Alliance (formerly Xenophon Team) in the Senate, Stirling Griff and Rex Patrick, and Shadow on Home Affairs, Kristina Keneally and Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese.
Background information to guide your letters, emails and social media content:
12 people died offshore in the 5 years before Medevac was passed earlier this year.
Numerous Australian doctors and whistle-blowers have gone public with their account of the bureaucracy overriding the opinion of doctors and consequent failures in treatment for people who were critically ill or needing transfer for medical care.
- The medevac law addresses this issue by allowing two Australian doctors to provide a medical opinion about whether a sick person needs transfer for the purpose of treatment.
- The Minister can dispute a medical finding.
- The law also institutes an expert panel of Australian doctors, including government appointed doctors, who can review cases if the Minister disputes a finding.
- The recent court ruling allowed that a doctor did not need to have ‘personal engagement’ with a patient for the Medevac provision to be activated. The court ruling has been described by medical professionals as bringing the process in line with standard practice and is particularly important in the case of Nauru where govt has forbidden entry to medical professionals. See the detailed media report here.
- The Government’s claims about floodgates have proven false. Since the Medevac law passed only 43 applications for transfer have happened. In 41 cases, the Minister accepted that they should be transferred.
- The issue, therefore, is not the Medevac provision but the overall failure of the Government to prevent 12 deaths, and the fact that we still have around 800 people offshore after almost six years, most of whom have been accepted as refugees yet face ongoing and indefinite detention.
- The Coalition Government failure to find an alternative to indefinite detention is an enduring failure of leadership.