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Brisbane: Rally: Defying the Border Force Act: Speaking out against detention cruelty
30 August 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
* Dr John-Paul Sanggaran (Christmas Island whistleblower)
* Benedict Coyne (Australian Lawyers for Human Rights)
* Dr Richard Kidd (Doctors for Refugees)
The Coalition’s oppressive Border Force Act was passed in July with Labour’s support. It threatens doctors, teachers, and other workers with two years jail if they speak out about what they witness in detention. This is a clear attempt to silence criticism of the impact of offshore detention on asylum seekers. Over 40 former detention workers including doctors and health professionals have signed an open letter declaring they were prepared to defy the laws.
This forum will feature Dr John-Paul Sanggaran who wrote and circulated this letter of defiance and who in 2013, along with 14 other doctors, wrote a 92 page “Letter of Concern” about the substandard medical care of asylum seekers on Christmas Island. Dr Richard Kidd, the co-founder of Doctors for Refugees will also speak; while Benedict Coyne from the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights will give a legal perspective.