Defying the Border Force Act: Speaking out against detention cruelty (RAC forum Tue Sept 1) 1

@ The Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourneborderforce forum flyer.pdf

Speakers:
Christine Cummins – Eye-witness report from recently returned psychiatric nurse and torture and trauma Counsellor for asylum seekers on Christmas Island. Christine has returned after five years on the island, she is member of ANF and has initiated a petition with the support of the AEU and ANF to repeal the border force legislation.

Christine Craic – National Vice President of The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Nathan Kennedy – President of Australia Lawyers for Human Rights

The Coalition’s oppressive Border Force Act was passed with ALP support.  It threatens doctors, teachers, nurses and other workers with two years jail if they speak out about what they witness in detention. It threatens silence because there is something to hide. On Manus Island Reza Barati was murdered and 70 others sustained serious injuries in attacks by those responsible for their safety. Extreme medical negligence killed Hamid Khazaei. On Nauru there have been ongoing sexual assaults against asylum seekers and refugees. In the week of the anniversary of the death of Hamid Khazaei come to a forum to discuss how we can fight both the legislation, and the cruelty of Australia’s detention regime.

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