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Call your Senator – #SaveMedevac
November 12 - November 17
Update: Thursday, 28 November 2019.
This week Government postponed Medevac repeal legislation in the Senate. It may still be presented to the Senate next week.
We cannot allow the repeal of legislation that is saving lives with critical medical treatment.
A petition was presented to Senator Jacqui Lambie this week by her Tasmanian Constituents.
A report out today suggested that Senator Lambie may support the idea of #toNZ, a campaign RAR has been promoting as this would have a good outcome for people who have been trapped offshore for far too long.
What can you do now?
Call your Senators and ask them to Save Medevac?
You will also find phone numbers, full instructions, talking points and a call tally at this link.
And post encouraging, hopeful messages on your Social Media.
Rural Australians for Refugees held an inspiring, all night vigil outside Parliament House on Sunday night.
“This lifesaving law has meant that doctors, not politicians decide treatment for people offshore. As politicians return to Canberra, we’re going to make sure it’s voices of quiet Australians from the bush they remember”
– Louise Redmond, National President, Rural Australians for Refugees
Since Medevac has been in place, no-one has died from medical neglect offshore because doctors have worked with the department to prioritise medical need over politics.
Join the movement to Save Medevac, click here to call your Senators now.
Together we will make sure people held offshore get the medical care they need.
Poster: #save medevac
What the Senate Committee said about Medevac
There were three dissenting reports when the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Senate on Friday (18 Oct 2019) released the report on its enquiry into the Medevac repeal legislation, formally known as the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 [Provisions].
Despite the overwhelming volume of evidence in submissions to the inquiry – all but one reportedly opposed the repeal of the provisions enabling doctors to decide if sick refugees held on Nauru and in PNG required evacuation to Australia – only the Government-controlled Committee recommended the Senate vote to repeal the legislation. Labor, Greens and Centre Alliance members all released their own dissenting reports. Dr Neela Janakiramanan, one of the lead doctors implementing the medevac transfer provisions, provided the committee with the results of a health audit of asylum seekers in PNG and Nauru: “..We have found that 97 per cent of people have physical health complaints and 91 per cent of people have psychiatric health complaints. On average, each patient has 4.6 discrete organ systems that are involved with disease. There are a number of reasons for this. Part of the reason for it is the conditions in which they have lived for the last six years. There are certain diseases that are more common in disadvantaged populations. The second thing is because there has been no resolution to many of these health issues”.
So even though $400 million has been spent by the department on providing healthcare services to patients in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, as far as we can tell from the submission that the department has made there has been no audit of the outcomes that these services have actually provided. If we funded an Australian health service that delivered these sorts of outcomes, it would be shut down immediately. The numbers are absolutely gobsmacking. Read the whole Report here.
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