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Canberra & Nation Wide – #SaveMedevac Vigils
10 November 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 11 November 2019 @ 9:30 am
As you know the Medevac Repeal Bill is likely to go to the Senate next week ( on or around 11 November):
Contact your Senators – see below sample email and contact details for Senators – by this Saturday 9 November.
Sign the online parliamentary petition and circulate through your networks (you will receive an email which you need to respond to after signing the petition online)
Attend an action on Sat 9 Nov (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne) , overnight vigil in Canberra (Sunday 10 Nov) – or organise your own local action – see further details below
Poster: #save medevac
SAVE MEDEVAC ACTIONS: This weekend there are actions around Australia
Friday 8 November 2019, Save Medevac Rally (Wangaratta) 5pm
Sunday 10 November 2019: Join the Canberra Overnight Vigil (RAR), FEDERATION MALL, PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA
SUNDAY, 10 NOVEMBER AT 6.30PM – MONDAY, 11 NOVEMBER AT 9.30AM
- BRING BATTERY TEA LIGHTS,
- WARM CLOTHES,
- WEAR BLACK OR PURPLE
IN ARMIDALE WE WILL GATHER IN CENTRAL PARK next Sunday 10th at 6.30pm and will maintain a presence there until 9.30am on Monday morning.
People who are not able to be there for the whole 15 hours are urged to come for whatever periods they wish, especially the beginning and the end.
Please bring battery tea lights for a candlelight effect (no open flames of course), and if staying overnight, some warm clothes/sleeping bags.
It would be terrific if someone came with a guitar and a few songs for the evening.
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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