THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SHAYNE NEUMANN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BLAIR
PETER DUTTON FAILS TO ENSURE MEDICAL TREATMENT IN NAURU
Peter Dutton has serious questions to answer about new reports asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru have had medical treatment and transfers delayed by bureaucrats, including patients with breast lumps, kidney stones and neurological damage.
These are serious allegations that cannot go unanswered.
Peter Dutton cannot continue to bury his head in the sand and ignore two recommendations about medical treatment and transfer processes from the Labor-initiated Senate Inquiry into serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers on Nauru and like-minded allegations on Manus Island.
The Senate Inquiry recommended:
Recommendation 1: The committee recommends that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, as a matter of urgency, commission an external review of its medical transfer procedures in offshore processing centres.
Recommendation 2: The committee recommends that the Australian Government undertake to seek advice in relation to whether improvements are required to the medical treatment options available to asylum seekers and refugees in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, particularly mental health services.
Peter Dutton needs to explain why he is still ignoring the Senate Inquiry recommendations and neglecting his responsibility to appoint a new Chief Medical Officer and Surgeon General.
Thousands of people across Australia’s onshore and offshore immigration network are still without an advocate to ensure medical care is based on the best medical advice following the resignation of the Immigration Department’s Chief Medical Officer and Surgeon General in September.
Labor wrote to Peter Dutton in August seeking an assurance that medical transfers for people living in Australian-funded offshore regional processing centres would be available when required and recommended by medical experts.
The chaos and dysfunction of Peter Dutton’s incompetent management of offshore processing arrangements cannot continue.
Malcolm Turnbull must immediately guarantee access to medical treatment for asylum seekers and refugees will not suffer as a result of Peter Dutton’s continued failure to manage his portfolio.
WEDNESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2017