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Last December, we were both in Parliament with the hope of seeing Urgent Medical Treatment amendments pass both the Senate and lower house.

  • By Kon Karapanagiotidis and Jana Favero
  • Brisbane Times

A groundswell of support mobilised behind a call to get all kids and their families of Nauru – rural Australians, 7000 doctors, unions, lawyers, schoolchildren, artists, nurses and teachers; 170,000 people signed a petition and 400 organisations rallied.

The trigger was media exposure of medical neglect and the risk of a child dying of symptoms of the rare traumatic withdrawal syndrome.

Hospitals on Nauru do not have the…

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