Kids Off Nauru

Kids Off Nauru

Getting the children off Nauru

Getting the children off Nauru

Call your MP to get Kids Off Nauru

Updated: 10 December: #BackTheBill

Thank you! Your pressure helped the Bill to pass through the Senate (Thursday 6 December). The Bill is scheduled to be introduced to the House of Representatives when parliament resumes in 2019. In the mean time calling your local MP to support this new law, can help show popular support for this law which will treat the children, women and men trapped on Manus and Nauru ...

Updated: 10 December: #BackTheBill

Thank you! Your pressure helped the Bill to pass through the Senate (Thursday 6 December). The Bill is scheduled to be introduced to the House of Representatives when parliament resumes in 2019. In the mean time calling your local MP to support this new law, can help show popular support for this law which will treat the children, women and men trapped on Manus and Nauru more humanely! We need as many Parliamentarians as possible in the lower and upper houses to hear from you and support the Bill.

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Thanks for taking a few minutes to help get the handful of remaining children and their families off Nauru and resettled into safe, permanent homes. Before you call your local Federal Member of Parliament, here's a few tips.

  • If you're using your mobile, call using speakerphone, so you can still read these tips.
  • Read the tips at least once so you're familiar with them.
  • Start by introducing yourself, and tell them which suburb you live in within ...

Thanks for taking a few minutes to help get the handful of remaining children and their families off Nauru and resettled into safe, permanent homes. Before you call your local Federal Member of Parliament, here's a few tips.

  • If you're using your mobile, call using speakerphone, so you can still read these tips.
  • Read the tips at least once so you're familiar with them.
  • Start by introducing yourself, and tell them which suburb you live in within their electorate.
  • You will probably be talking to someone in their staff. Be kind and respectful but tell them exactly how you feel. Ask questions about what your MPs position is and if supportive, what they are going to do about it.
  • If you're shy call after office hours and leave a message on their voicemail.
  • You could say something like:

“Hello, my name is ___________. I live in __________ <your suburb>. As your constituent, I want ____________<name of your MP> to support the Bill passed by the Senate during the  last sitting week of Parliament in 2018, that helps provide humane medical treatment for sick children, women and men on Nauru and Manus. 

The Bill address this medical crisis, and follows the orders of Australian doctors who have overwhelmingly demanded the immediate transferral of all refugee and asylum seeker children from Nauru to Australia, and the provision of appropriate medical treatment, including transferral where necessary, to everyone in offshore detention.

I want to know, will <name of your MP>  do the right thing and vote for the Bill? (Irrespective of party positions - we think this should be something MPs with good values are willing to cross the floor for)  This isn't about politics, the right and left. This is about the right and wrong!

I Implore you to Back The Bill!"

EXTRA TALKING POINTS:

"In Australia clinical need, not politics, should determine access to care – this should apply equally on Manus Island and Nauru. As every parent knows, if a child needs urgent medical support, access to care must be determined by a doctor – not a public servant.

Regardless of your opinion on offshore processing, nobody wants to see critically ill people, particularly children, fail to get the medical treatment they need. It is unacceptable for us not to act to address the medical crises that has emerged through the lack of appropriate care, and the failure of our Government to transfer children and others to Australia when doctors have recommended they do so."

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Good luck and don't forget to fill in the quick feedback form so we can track how different MP respond. This is extremely important! Here are a couple of rebuttals in case you need them:

 

Q: Will this bill start the boats / change the system of offshore detention?

This bill simply requires the Government to follow doctor’s orders in relation to the healthcare of those in offshore detention, in particular those children who have been detained now for over 5 years.

The bill does not compel the permanent resettlement of refugees, or even their permanent transferral to Australia, it does not end offshore detention, and it actually does not contradict either of the major parties’ stated policy on offshore detention.

Q: How many kids remain on Nauru – hasn’t the government been removing them?

There are about 10 children still remaining on Nauru, and they have been there for over 5 years. Many of the children recently transferred have arrived here critically ill. All the children must be transferred to Australia for proper medical treatment and assessment, the Government has made no commitment in relation to their future, and therefore this bill addresses the situation of those remaining children.

Q: What about people who are security threats?

We do not deny medical treatment to anyone in this country, in our jails or anywhere else. If the Government has any concerns about people, they can take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, but that does not include denying a sick person medical treatment.

Q: Will this lead to everyone currently detained on Manus and Nauru being resettled in Australia?

The bill does not compel the permanent resettlement of refugees, or even their permanent transferral to Australia, it does not end offshore detention, and it actually does not contradict either of the major parties’ stated policy on offshore detention.

Q: Isn’t there medical staff and facilities on Manus and Nauru? Do they need to come to Australia for medical treatment?

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders has just been forced to leave Nauru, and have described the situation on Nauru as “beyond desperate.” On Manus, the July 2018 Queensland coronial inquest finding into the death of Hamid Keazai in offshore detention found that the failure to transfer him to appropriate care in Australia that led to his preventable death from septicemia. These examples show that the medical facilities at both Manus and Nauru are inadequate.

Q: Is this Bill just a stunt? Who supports this Bill?

This BIll is supported by large swathes of the parliamentary crossbench, and because it doesn’t change the current policy of either major party on this issue, could be supported by both major parties as well if they choose to. The offshore medical crises demands urgent action.

Note: Labor Press Release August 2018: “Labor strongly believes that medical transfers for refugees and children in Australian-funded offshore regional processing centres should be made available when a treatment is not available on island and where treatment is recommended by appropriate medical practitioners.”


Basic facts

  • 1,224 people remain on Manus and Nauru, including 12 children

  • All these people have been there for at least 5 years

  • In the two years since the US resettlement deal was signed, fewer than 500 people have been accepted by President Trump’s administration from Manus and Nauru.

  • The vast majority of people on Manus and Nauru have been found to be refugees.

 

In the end, there's no excuse that can justify your MP or our Governments support for a system that harms children!

 

 

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