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Home Affairs Escalation Required

By Jane Salmon

As Sent to Andrew Giles, Clare O’Neil, Anthony Albanese, Tony Burke, Chris Bowen, Richard Marles, Penny Wong, Bill Shorten, Ged Kearney.

Happy New Year, Ministers!

Medical Transfer from Offshore is Not Enough
Medical Treatment is Urgently Needed

Nur Mohammed Dhali from Nauru was Medevacced to Brisbane on 23 December as you may recall.

He is being kept in solitary in Room 707 at a Meriton Hotel in Herschel Street Brisbane. He has not yet seen a doctor, despite promises.

He is told that he is isolated because he is in “quarantine”. However, other concurrent arrivals from Nauru are not in quarantine.

This is completely unacceptable, even at this time of year.

His medical care has not started. He has been under guard, denied company, a case manager, a SIM card, walks around the building, outings and the treatment he urgently needs.

Labor is supposed to improve the human rights record of the Immigration Department.

There are many pressing matters. It is a difficult time of year, but keeping 3 Medevacuees in solitary for ten days is abuse.

A quick escalation of this matter and a prompt review of Nur, including the long awaited MRI will prevent this from becoming “nuclear”.

We don’t seem to have come far enough since Djokovic was housed at Park Hotel. And didn’t that get messy for Dutton and Morrison!

Djokovic stay highlights refugee concerns at Melbourne detention hotel:

Park Hotel detainees housed alongside Novak Djokovic describe ‘disgusting’ and ‘cruel’ conditions

Park Hotel detainees housed alongside Djokovic speak out:

Djokovic stay highlights refugee concerns at Melbourne detention hotel

The, ahem, ball is in your court.

Thank you,

Jane Salmon
Refugee Advocate, Sydney.


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  1. margcal

    Why have we still got any refugees and asylum seekers in detention at all?

  2. New England Cocky

    It is time to release all the legal refugees and asylum seekers currently held in jail without trial for wanting a better life for their families or to escape from persecution by an mobster government in their own countries.

    I DO NOT SUPPORT the continued jailing of these people for the financial benefit of American jail corporations. I want to see the cost of jailing re-directed to teaching English, providing accommodation & sustenance, and establishing business training opportunities and subsequent businesses.

    THIS COALition mistreatment must end NOW!!!!!

  3. paul walter

    Refugees represent an iron law of neo liberalism, to do with the eradiction of the fair go and suppression of discourse and of truth… Morrison followed the idea relentlessly for example- always refuse, even at the point of a bayonet. Labor is relatively rational but won’t go further, for fear of offending Murdoch and the Americans. The Rudd years proved that the damage had already been done.

  4. Cool Pete

    They all need to be released NOW!

  5. Max Costello

    Agree with all your comments and analysis Jane. My only additional point is to suggest that terms such “Medivac” or “Medivacced” be used only re cases involving the ‘Medevac’ amendments to the Migration Act. Cases that are pre or post those amendments, such as that of Nur Mohammed Dhali, should use a term such as “medical transfer” (as per the heading of your piece appropriately does).

    Max Costello

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