Judge: Problems on Nauru are Australia’s creation

Commonwealth ‘created this situation’ by setting up regional processing deal with another sovereign state, Justice Debra Mortimer says

Helen Davidson – The Guardian – 25 Sept 2018

Nauru’s attempts to block court-ordered medical evacuations of refugees is a problem of the Australian government’s creation, a federal court judge has said in a damning ruling.

Justice Debra Mortimer made the comments early last week while ordering the urgent transfer of a young woman who was ill after trying to take her own life, after she was allegedly raped on the same day she was denied US resettlement.

While lawyers argued, the judgment revealed, the woman told her team she was sitting in her own vomit and asking for help.

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