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    • 23 MAY 19
    Medical crisis on Manus and Nauru escalates: Morrison Government must act to avoid further tragedy

    Medical crisis on Manus and Nauru escalates: Morrison Government must act to avoid further tragedy

    After six years of offshore detention there is an unprecedented medical crisis on Manus and Nauru. Men and women, who have been detained by the Australian Government, are experiencing a wide range of serious health conditions ranging from people who are acutely suicidal, to people with serious heart conditions that cannot be treated on the

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    • 20 MAY 19
    Kon Karapanagiotidis’ Election Response

    Kon Karapanagiotidis’ Election Response

    Dear supporters, Our doors have just opened for the first time since a Morrison Government was elected. I’m hurting just like I imagine you all are right now and I have shed more tears than I could have thought possible over this last weekend. But I feel most devastated for people seeking asylum, who were

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    • 23 APR 19
    Cutting the safety net: New ASRC report on crisis of hunger and homelessness

    Cutting the safety net: New ASRC report on crisis of hunger and homelessness

    A new report: Cutting the Safety Net by The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) exposes a crisis of hunger, deteriorating health and homelessness as families are cut off Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS). The Federal Government cut its budget for SRSS by 60% in two years, from $139.8 million to $56.2 million. More than 1200

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    • 01 MAR 19
    Medical Evacuation Response Group established for urgent medical transfers from Manus and Nauru

    Medical Evacuation Response Group established for urgent medical transfers from Manus and Nauru

    Key national organisations have banded together to oversee and ensure the timely and orderly assessment of applications for medical transfers under the “Medevac Bill” by creating the Medical Evacuation Response Group (Medevac Group). The Medevac Group is made up of specialists in medevac processes for sick refugees including doctors, caseworkers, counsellors and lawyers who will

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    • 13 FEB 19
    We just made history together. You, me, and all of us across Australia

    We just made history together. You, me, and all of us across Australia

    Today the Senate passed amendments to the Home Affairs Amendments Bill with the support of the key crossbenchers, because this bill is balanced, carefully considered and deals with what matters – medical treatment for sick people. Yesterday for the first time in 80 years a sitting Government lost a vote in the House of Representatives.

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    • 12 FEB 19
    Watershed moment in refugee politics and Australian history

    Watershed moment in refugee politics and Australian history

    Refugee and human rights organisations rejoiced today as the House of Representatives overturned 90 years of tradition and a toxic debate to vote authoritatively to deliver medical care to the refugees who have spent almost six years detained offshore. A coalition of MPs made up of the ALP, key crossbench members, Dr Kerryn Phelps MP,

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