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Their courage and their integrity humbles me. Of course we should speak out against child abuse, be it in this country or in any country. This is being done in our name and under our flag. That we have allowed it to flourish and continue is a cause for national shame and utter humiliation.

Open letter regarding the Border Force Act 2015

Today the Border Force Act comes into force. It includes provision for a two-year jail sentence for “entrusted persons” such as ourselves if we continue to speak out about the deplorable state of human rights in immigration detention without the express permission of the minister for immigration and border protection. This strengthens the wall of secrecy which prevents proper public scrutiny.

We have advocated, and will continue to advocate, for the health of those for whom we have a duty of care, despite the threats of imprisonment, because standing by and watching sub-standard and harmful care, child abuse and gross violations of human rights is not ethically justifiable.

If we witness child abuse in Australia we are legally obliged to report it to child protection authorities. If we witness child abuse in detention centres, we can go to prison for attempting to advocate for them effectively. Internal reporting mechanisms such as they are have failed to remove children from detention; a situation that is itself recognised as a form of systematic child abuse.

Evidence of the devastating effects of institutional self-protection and blindness to child abuse has been presented before the current royal commission. We are determined not to collude with a system that repeats these same mistakes.

There are currently many issues which constitute a serious threat to the health of those in detention for whom we have a duty of care. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is aware of these problems and has for years failed to address them adequately.

We are aware that in publishing this letter we may be prosecuted under the Border Force Act and we challenge the department to prosecute so that these issues may be discussed in open court and in the full view of the Australian public.

Dr John-Paul Sanggaran, MBBS M.H.Med B.H.Sc, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Richard Kidd, BHB, MBChB, Dip.Obs., FAMA, Deputy Chair AMACGP, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Grant Ferguson, MBBS B.Sc (Hons), former IHMS medical officer
Dr Ben Hew, MBBS B.Sc, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Alison Bleaney, MBchB FRACRRM OBE, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Merrilyn Williams, MBBS, M. (GP Psych) FACRRM, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Ai-Lene Chan, MBBS FRACGP ObsSC MPH&TM, former IHMS medical officer
Dr John Vallentine, MBBS MRCP, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Jill Maxwell, MBBS OAM, former IHMS medical officer
Dr Sally Manuell, MBBS FRACGP, former IHMS medical officer
Prof Bernard Pearn-Rowe, BSc (Hons), MBBS, FAMA, former IHMS medical officer
Tracey Donehue, secondary school teacher
Judith Reen, secondary school coordinator
Jane Willey, former secondary school teacher
Evan Davis, former senior secondary school teacher
Dr Peter Young, MBBS FRANZCP, former IHMS medical director mental health services
Steve Brooker, BSc MA, former IHMS director of mental health services
Dr Rodney Juratowitch, MBBS FRANZCP, former IHMS psychiatrist
Dr Amanda Trenaman, MBBS, FRANZCP, former IHMS psychiatrist
Prof Robert Adler, PhD MBBS, former IHMS psychiatrist
Ryan Essex, BHSc, Grad Dip Psych, BSocSc (Psych), (Hons), MHL, MPH, former IHMS counsellor
James Harris, former case manager and residential youth worker
Toby Gunn, former child and youth recreation officer
Samantha Betts, BA, former child and youth recreation worker
Martin Reusch, former humanitarian worker
Timm Knapp, former humanitarian worker
Amanda Lloyd-Tait, former humanitarian worker
Jennifer Dennis, former humanitarian worker
Amy Marden, former humanitarian worker
Prof David Isaacs, MBBChir MD FRACP FRCPCH, former IHMS paediatrician
Dr Hasantha Gunasekera, MBBS FRACP, former IHMS paediatrician
Alanna Maycock, BN RN, former IHMS paediatric nurse
Prof Louise Newman, MBBS PhD FANZCP AM, former DEHAG consultant IHMS psychiatrist
Dr Micheal Dudley, AM MBBS BD FRANZCP, former DEHAG consultant
Prof Caroline de Costa, PhD MPH MBBS BA FRANZCOG FRCOG, former DEHAG consultant
Viktoria Vibhakar, MSW, LCSW, AASW, former senior child protection and support worker
Ashleigh Millard, former adult case manager and social worker
Jaime O’donovan, former social worker, child protection team
Hamish Tacey, BBehavSc, former unaccompanied minor team leader and refugee assistance program case manager
Serena Hansen, former case manager and residential team leader
Marc Isaacs, BA (Com), BA (Int.S), former recreations manager
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We as a nation are becoming morally bankrupt for allowing it to happen. If they were not predominantly Muslim there would be outrage in the media. These are human being who deserve to be treated  according not locked  away in a hellhole cloaked in a shroud of secrecy. I applaud the signatures for their willingness to speak out and expose the barbaric conditions that these people must endure.

I also congratulate the Guardian for publishing the open letter.
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Kantye is not Freddie. This is priceless.
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+Amy C hes not, the video proves that
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Tony Abbott and his cronies need to stop spreading hate and divisiveness in the Australian community at every single bloody opportunity. If it wasn't Zaky Mallah, it would have been something else. So ver these tossers that call themselves a gummint. Morons with no redeeming features who have done everything since getting power to undermine Australia and send us backwards. I despise them.
An impassioned email has been sent to all ABC staff telling them to stand strong in the face of serious criticism from the Australian government, public and media.
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+Steve Tout It was still a good Q&A - but I do think Lawrence thought at times he was in a school yard discussion with the attitudes given.
Tim was there for the political point scoring he was accusing Tony Jones of.
Yes the ABC should be ashamed to show Australia still supports free speech and everything is open for discussion.  
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Are we going to call these "illegal immigrants" as well or are they ok because they are white? Australia is racked by racism masked as patriotism. It has been for ages. It's just never been as obvious as what it is these days.
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I'm old enough to remember Australian racists saying all the same shit about Vietnamese refugees (AKA "Boat people") that they're saying about our current generation of refugees, who're being locked up & abused in offshore concentration camps. :(
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This potato is like Kevin Andrews. Old, ratty and dead in the water. #PutOutYourPotato #newmatilda #auspol
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I was proud to make a small donation to help establish this very worthwhile enterprise.
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Bring it on, baby. Screw this government into the ground. The Opposition won't, so we, the people, need to do it.
Dozens of doctors, teachers and humanitarian workers have challenged the Commonwealth government to prosecute them for publicly discussing ;poor conditions in immigration detention centres.
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Doctors are governed by Hippocrates.

We are governed by hypocrites.
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HMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm. I say ... HMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm!

+Winston Close 
Labor has left the door open for the caucus to reverse Kevin Rudd's rule that makes it nearly impossible for the party's elected leader to be toppled in a midnight coup.
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And i bet my balls that  simply putting that in print has turned everybody against labor again and Abturd will get the protest vote again.
FAaaarrrrrrkkkkkkkkin hell.

Bring on the rise of the Independants  and Greens !

I would love to see our politics become disenfranchised, just like Denmark and other scandinavian countries.
Denmark is about to have a PM whose party came THIRD in the elections and only has about 25-30% of seats.
The extreme right and extreme left both Won more seats, but neither can fashion a ruling Government.

My VIKING ancestors in Iceland, Denmark and Scotland are showing us all what can happen when you take a stand on principle
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Oh lordy yes, so it is. :D
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The religious right, don't get their way, chuck a tantrum.
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Undoubtedly with bipartisan fucking support.
The Australian government has flagged its plans to introduce legislation that would require telcos to hand over information about their networks and services to the Attorney-General's Department, or face fines.
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We are heading down towards a dictatorship regime
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I'll be putting out my potato tonight to demonstrate my outrage. Or whatever. But the potato WILL BE OUT.
Sometimes in life, you just have to take a stand. Earlier this week, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews announced that he would be boycotting this Monday night’s episode of Q&A. His reasoning is that the program is biased. This is an outrage. And a tragedy. It's a tragic outrage. In response, New Matilda is launching a heartfelt campaign to protest against what has occurred. Whatever that actually may be. On Monday night, we’re urging reader...
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The announcement alone made me cry, don't think I can watch this.
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