The Australian Parliament has made history and passed legislation that provides sick people on Manus and Nauru with life-saving medical treatment.
On 13 February, a “coalition of consciousness” in the Australian Parliament passed the Medevac Bill to ensure doctors, not politicians, determine when and how people on Manus and Nauru receive medical treatment.
The humanitarian emergency
After being detained for close to six years, men and women have been denied doctors and appropriate medical care for up to two to five years. Medicines Sans Frontiers describes the current medical situation as a humanitarian emergency where people have rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health.
This win belongs to us
Together in our thousands we ensured bipartisan support people’s health to come before politics. This win belongs to you, to us, to Behrouz and Aziz, and all of the men, women and children who have survived offshore processing.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis shares his reflections on the campaign win and how we got there.
This has been a huge campaign win but we are not there yet. Please stay up to date on the medical treatment of people on Manus on Nauru, and pledge to campaign with us this federal election to change the policy on asylum.