Law, Policy & Support

REFERENCES

Asylum Seekers Human Rights Law 

UNHCR REFUGEE CONVENSION

UNHCR REFUGEE CONVENTION 60 YEARS

LAW COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA’S ASYLUM SEEKER POLICY

 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Commentary on the Law

Border Force Act: why do we need these laws?

Border Force Act: detention secrecy just got worse

Julian Burnside on Asylum Seeker policy

Groups supporting Asylum Seekers in detention in on or

offshore or community detention in Australia

AUSTRALIA HUMAN RIGHTS 4 REFUGEES

GIFTS FOR CHILDREN IN AUSTRALIAN DETENTION CENTRES

AIREYS INLET RURAL AUSTRALIANS FOR REFUGEES

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  1. I worked on Nauru for 10 weeks, March – May 2015, as an Electrical Supervisor for RONPHOS, the Nauru G’ment phosphate industry.

    At my interview I was asked about my knowledge and experience in repairing oxygen generators, as the RON (Republic of Nauru) Hospital’s generator had a habit of breaking down.

    Not long after arriving on Nauru I met David, a Nauruan, who worked at the hospital in a technical capacity. He was interested in the fact that I was an electrician. He asked for my mobile number. Some time later he called me to say that the oxygen generator needed attention. I pushed his request up the line to my Australian manager. He told me to ignore it.

    I relate this as a comment on the state of the medical facilities on Nauru and how it affects the treatment of both Nauruans and asylum seekers and refugees. Peter Dutton, the current and at the time, Minister for Immigration, when challeged about the state of the RON Hospital repeatedly claimed that the $26M spent on the hospital, for the general community, and $11M spent on an asylum seeker specific clinic for IHMS (International Health & Medical Services) had equipped the island with comparable facilities to a medium-sized Australian town. It was 1st world state-of-the-art standard.

    It is common knowledge that the new ‘hospital’ is a prefabricated building with the potential to become a hospital. It has not been commissioned, stocked and staffed. It’s only function is as a glorified consultation room.

    The true test of the Nauru medical facilities and its staff’s capacity, including that of the Australian government provided contract doctors related to the asylum seekers and refugees, was evident when Omid, an Iranian refugee self immolated. He was taken to the excuse for a hospital and roamed the wards, unattended, bellowing in pain. He was not administered any pain relief nor given any oxygen. Evidence of his suffering is freely available on Youtube.

    The only difference between industrial oxygen and medical oxygen is a miniscule level of purity and the fact that medical oxygen distribution is traced by the bottle identification. In an emergency either one is acceptable. It would appear that nobody on Nauru, at the time of Omid’s injuries had the knowledge or the inclination to offer this alternative.

    During my time on Nauru I befriended a number of asylum seekers and maintain that friendship. On occasion when one of my friends has been hospitalized I have asked for a description of the hospital. The text messages say it has rats, cockroaches, dogs, filthy.

    As well as illegally imprisoning the asylum seekers and refugees on both Manus Is. and Nauru, the Australian governments, present and previous, have been derelict in their provision of health care.

    Regards,
    George Goring.

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