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Amplify doctors' calls to #BacktheBill

The Morrison Government, together with the Murdoch press, have gone on the absolute offensive against Australian doctors. These doctors are working tirelessly to #BackTheBill to get a fair medical transfer process for critically ill people in offshore detention, instead of leaving it up to Peter Dutton.

Prime Minister Morrison called it "stupid"1, but he picked the wrong fight. Doctors are trusted by the public far more than politicians. That's how our movement forced the Government to evacuate 119 children and their families from Nauru to safety, by elevating the voices of doctors.2

This time, the Government is trying to discredit these brave doctors, aided by frontpage, anti-doctor attacks in the Murdoch tabloids. So we have to work even harder this time to lift their voices up.

And with the critical vote happening next Tuesday in Parliament – which could come down to just one vote – we're running out of time.

So our ad buyers are racing to lock in a high impact ad blitz featuring doctors in a hard-hitting TV ad. If enough of us chip in, we can catapult the voices of leading, trusted doctors into living rooms (and Parliamentary offices) across Australia ahead of the critical vote next week.

Can you chip in to fund a huge ad blitz featuring doctors calling on politicians to stay strong and #BackTheBill to end the medical crisis offshore?

[1] 'Scott Morrison won't call snap election if defeated on 'stupid' refugee transfer bill', The Guardian, 6 February 2019.
[2] 'Kids off Nauru letter signed by hundreds of Australian doctors delivered to PM', SBS, 15 October 2018.
  • There is an urgent medical crisis on Manus Island and Nauru and the situation has reached breaking point.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières, the Australian Medical Association, Amnesty International, UNHCR and more than 6,000 doctors have called on the Government to evacuate sick people in offshore detention to Australia for treatment.1,2,3,4,5
  • The current process for transferring sick people out of offshore detention is broken.
  • Not only is there a secret committee overriding doctors' advice on medical transfers, the Government has also repeatedly refused these requests and attempted to block medical transfers in court.6,7
  • The Urgent Medical Treatment bill is being introduced to address this medical crisis, and ensure a fair and rigorous process for sick people in desperate need of medical treatment, based on the advice of medical professionals not bureaucrats.

[1] 'AMA demands urgent fix to humanitarian emergency on Nauru', AMA, 20 September 2018.
[2] 'Indefinite Despair: Mental Health Consequences on Nauru', MSF Australia, 3 December 2018.
[3] 'Amnesty report warning on Manus Island', SBS, 21 November 2018.
[4] 'UN: 'health crisis' demands closure of Australia's offshore detention centres', The Guardian, 13 October 2018.
[5] 'Almost 6,000 doctors sign letter to PM demanding children be taken off Nauru', The Guardian, 15 October 2018.
[6] 'The secret committee determining medical transfers from Nauru and Manus Island', The Guardian, 4 December 2018.
[7] 'Australia spent $275,000 fighting requests for urgent medical transfers of asylum seekers', The Guardian, 29 September 2018.