Nauru is a health issue: lunch with AMA president Tony Bartone
February 2019: Bartone has been more vocal on the issue of children in offshore detention. The AMA’s demand that Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘get kids off Nauru’ was part of a campaign that prompted the government to begin to ‘quietly’ transfer dozens of sick children from the island, while fending off an attempt by independent MP and former AMA chief Kerryn Phelps to force the transfer of all remaining families.
The AMA [is] now pushing for access to the island to conduct an independent assessment of the health facilities and condition of detainees.
Bartone says while he does not wish to get involved in matters of immigration and border security, the situation on Nauru is ‘a health issue’.
‘We’re talking about people in the care of the Australian government, in a facility run and administered by the Australian government, which has a level of care and responsibility in relation to health’, he says.
He says long-term detention is ‘in nobody’s interests’ and that detention centres should have ‘a limited place, if any’ in maintaining the security of Australia’s borders.
- The kids in detention were with their parents. The parents could have returned to their home countries but they chose to remain in detention. Did the AMA want kids to be taken from their parents?
- On 3 February 2018, it was confirmed that only 4 kids were remaining on Nauru
“There were 109 asylum seeker children on Nauru at the end of August 2018 at the time we took on our respective roles as Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration,” Mr Morrison said.
“There are now only four asylum seeker children on Nauru and they have all been approved for departure to the United States of America with their families.”
Last remaining asylum seeker children on Nauru to leave the island for the US, Scott Morrison confirms
“There were 109 asylum seeker children on Nauru at the end of August 2018,” Mr Morrison said. “There are now only four asylum seeker children on Nauru and they have all been approved for departure to the United States of America with their families”.
Source: ABC News
Nauru is an [independent] island country in Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres to the east. Nauru is the third-smallest country in the world, with a 21-square-kilometre area. Its population of 11,347 is the world’s third smallest, after the Vatican and Tuvalu.
In August 2013, when Tony Abbott won the election in a landslide, the ALP had 1,773 children in detention. Why didn’t Bartone, or his predecessor Phelps highlight the issue THEN?
Fact Check: Has the number of children in detention dropped from 2,000 to about 75 under the Coalition?
Statistics published by the Department of Immigration and the Parliamentary Library show 1,773 children were in detention at the end of August 2013.
Source: Fact Check – ABC News
We included a map to help Dr Bartone identify the extent of his jurisdiction.