Dr Munjed Al Muderis (Iraqi refugee and renowned surgeon)
The pressure to dismantle offshore detention on Manus and Nauru is growing. The refugee rights movement has forced the government to bring hundreds of children and their families off Nauru since August. Prime Minister Scott Morrison only narrowly avoided a humiliating defeat in parliament in December over children on Nauru and medical transfers from the offshore camps. He was forced to close down parliament early to avoid a bill backed by crossbench MPs, Labor and The Greens.
But there are now over 600 refugees from Manus and Nauru who have remained in Australia due to legal action and political pressure ever since 2016’s Let Them Stay campaign. The government has not dared to send them back. However they remain in limbo without permanent visas, so that adults are unable to work or study. The government needs to welcome all refugees and provide fair processing and a secure future.
The health crisis for those remaining on Manus and Nauru is still acute. We need to maintain the pressure to close the camps and bring everyone here to live in the community.
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