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  • Andrew Wilkie’s regional processing asylum seeker bill tabled again this week

    Andrew Wilkie’s regional processing asylum seeker bill tabled again this week

    Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, re-introduced the Refugee Protection Bill 2019 to Parliament this morning. It was seconded by independent MP Dr Helen Haines. “Confining people for an indefinite period of time, whether it be on Christmas Island, in Nauru or on Manus, was never a lawful, ethical or affordable policy. It’s grossly inhumane,Read more

  • Submission to the Inquiry on the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

    Submission to the Inquiry on the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

    BMRSG’s submission as to why we do not support this bill. “We are concerned that this bill will slow the evacuation of seriously ill people from Manus and Nauru to Australia for specialist treatment thus exacerbating their disorders. Doctors and medical personnel must always be able make the decision for rapid medical evacuation in a society which values human life.
    The previous system involved many levels of bureaucracy and constant court battles to enable medical transfers, an expensive and time wasting business.”

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  • Susan Templeman’s speech Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 Second Reading Speech

    Susan Templeman’s speech Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 Second Reading Speech

    Member of Macquarie, Susan Templeman’s speech opposing the repeal of the Medivac legislation.
    MIGRATION AMENDMENT (REPAIRING MEDICAL TRANSFERS) BILL 2019 SECOND READING SPEECH
    Since the Medevac laws passed in February, against the government’s wishes, 110 refugees and asylum seekers have been transferred to Australia for medical treatment.
    In a submission to a Senate inquiry examining the government’s bid to unwind the laws, Dr Kerryn Phelps points out that about 80 per cent of cases were agreed to by the minister at the first instance and none have been refused on security grounds.
    “The process is working as intended – an orderly system providing medical treatment for sick refugees in a timely manner,” Dr Phelps said. Read more

  • Six Years Too Long – Hawkesbury RAR Rally

    Six Years Too Long – Hawkesbury RAR Rally

    About 30 people gathered in Richmond Park on Saturday 20 July 2019 to mark the six years since those seeking asylum were sent to the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.
    Each of the men who died as a result of being detained on Manus or Nauru was remembered by name and a brief report of the circumstances of their death read and a minute’s silence observed for each man. Each man’s portrait was displayed and a flower laid on each chair as their stories were read. The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert and the Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman spoke.Read more

  • Wentworth Falls Launch of “No Friend But The Mountains”

    Wentworth Falls Launch of “No Friend But The Mountains”

    by Roger Grealy Kathie Herbert and Joy Connor did us proud in organising and running the afternoon around the local launch of Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend But The Mountains. As an interested observer  I write to say what a professional group we have and what talented , hard working women Kathie and Joy are.Read more

  • Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Joy Connor and Marie Sellstrom, President of Rural Australians for Refugees, spent 2 days in Canberra meeting with politicians. They met with Russell Broadbent, sent Marise Payne a gift of Blue Mountains honey and a copy of Behrouz Boochani’s book and met with Julie Bishop. The meetings were facilitated by local member Susan Templeman.
    Julie Bishop said that refugee advocates needed to lobby for more involvement by Australia in regional intercountry dialogue such as the ‘Bali Process’, if there is to be any kind of solution to forced migration. Read more

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