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I'm doing an epic thread on the FACTS on the #MedeVacBill to bust all the myths being spread by the #Morrison Government. RT's are so appreciated. Here we go. #auspol #manus #nauru #morrison #dutton
MYTH 1: Two doctors will decide if someone is transferred

FACT 1: Actually 11 doctors decide this incl. an Independent Medical Panel that makes final medical recommendation made up of 9 doctors that incl. Surgeon General of Border Force, Home Affairs & C/w Chief Medical Officer
MYTH 2: The #MedeVacBill will encourage people to seeking #asylum by boat

FACT 2: The bill only applies to people seeking asylum on Manus & Nauru as of 13th Feb 2019 (& children born to them), anyone who arrives thereafter is not eligible for medical evacuation under this bill.
MYTH 3: #MedeVacBill is not needed because there are 60 doctors already on Nauru

FACT 3: Yes 60 health professionals, but they're fly in-fly out. Therefore there’s only about 1/2 @ any one time. Also rostered on in 3 shifts a day, so only a maximum of 8-10 doctors per shift.
MYTH 4: #MedeVacBill allows convicted sex offenders into Australia

FACT 4: Firstly, we know of none on #Manus and #Nauru. Secondly, bill has a Character Test taken from S.501(7) of Migration Act that bans anyone convicted of criminal offences totallying 12 months imprisonment.
MYTH 5: The #MedeVacBill wasn't needed because adequate care exists

FACT 5: 12 people have died.
No mental health services on Manus
Our data shows 100s without medical care
Our data shows people waiting up to 5 years for medical transfer
MYTH 6: The #MedeVacBill allows people charged with serious criminal offences to be in Australian community

FACT 6: If someone brought to Oz had been charged with serious crime would be held in detention while being treated under sole discretion & control of Minister. No risk.
MYTH 7: The #MedeVacBill will result in more people being placed in detention.

FACT 7: It is a standing 5 year practice of Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Gov that all people medically transferred here (almost 900 so far) are all placed into detention, so this is just the status quo.
MYTH 8: Control of our borders has been lost by the Minister & given to doctors

FACT 8: Minister still in control. Can refuse transfer if

- suspects would be prejudicial to security (ASIO Act) or
- knows has substantial criminal record and
- can indefinitely detain while in Oz
MYTH 9: The #MedeVacBill has destroyed border protection regime

FACT 9: The bill does just one thing, make clinicians more central to decisions about duty of care than currently are and provide a pathway in law for sick people to be evacuated for medical care, that is it.
MYTH 10: Medically transferring sick people to Australia will encourage people to seek asylum by sea

FACT 10: LNP Gov has already transferred nearly 900 sick people from Manus & Nauru to Australia for medical care and this has had no material impact on sea arrivals. #MedeVacBill
MYTH 11: Xmas Island had to be re - opened because of #MedeVacBill

FACT 11: Gov doesn't need to, people can be held in community detention (residential) as they have done with 900 people they have transferred & keep in detention just anyone with pending charges, if there are any
MYTH 12: Doctors will sign off on medical transfer of people even if not sick.

FACT 12: Doctors act ethically, have a code of conduct they are bound to follow. Also worth noting every medical transfer that has gone to court, the courts have sided with the doctors every time.
MYTH 13: #MedeVacBill unnecessarily allows medical transfer just on basis of need for “medical assessment.”

FACT 13: “assessment” a ground because the medical facilities are so poor offshore that vital tests for health issues like risk of blindness & heart problems not possible.
MYTH 14: Medical transfers were already happening when needed by Gov so #MedeVacBill not needed.

FACT: Last year approx 80% of sick kids that were evacuated were only after legal action was taken or court ordered it. Gov consistently ignored recommendations of contracted IHMS.
MYTH 15: The people on Manus and Nauru are mainly “economic refugees”.

FACT 15: 88% of people on Manus and Nauru have been found to be #refugees.

Also there’s no such thing as an “economic refugee” you’re either a refugee or a migrant.

#MedeVacBill #auspol
MYTH 16: Refugees on Manus/Nauru have had no security checks done

FACT 16: They are some of the most vetted refugees in the world. Why?

MOU with PNG & Nauru required Oz Gov security check them all before sending them there. Then assessed a 2nd time as part of refugee assessment
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