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#BackTheBill to save lives offshore – Joint Statement from civil society organisations

On Tuesday 12 February, the House of Representatives will vote on the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill. We urge all Members of Parliament to support this bill to ensure an adequate medical transfer process is in place for people detained in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. 

You can read more about the bill here.


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Signatories to statement

Abundant Life Church
ACF inner West
Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council
All Saints Anglican Church Mitcham, Victoria
Amnesty International Australia
Amnesty Newcastle
Anglican Mothers Union Gippsland Diocese
Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission
ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network
Armidale Students Promoting International Rights and Equality (ASPIRE)
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Asylum Seekers Centre NSW
Australia Cares
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
Australian Council for International Development
Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)
Australian Education Union (AEU)
Australian Ethical
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Ballina Region for Refugees
Ballina Region for Refugees
Barnabas Charity Outreach
Bega Valley Rural Australians for Refugees
Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc
Bridge for Asylum Seekers
Brigidine Sisters
Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) Network
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Buddies Refugee Support Group
Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane
Catholic Religious Australia
Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace
CBM Australia
Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees
Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University
Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association Australia
Christian Brothers Oceania
Combined Refugee Action Group
Common Grace
Communify Qld
Community Links Welfare
Department child protection
Discalced Carmelite Nuns
Everyday Like This
Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood
Free the Children Nauru
Friends of The Earth Australia
Future Super
Gannawarra Refugee Support Group
Geelong Inter-Church Social Justice Network
Global Health Awareness Western Sydney
Global Mission Partners
Good Samaritan Refugee and Asylum Seeker Network
Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees
Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees
Holy Cross Congregation of Dominican Sisters Adelaide
Holy Spirit Sisters
Hope Uniting Church
Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy
Husada Family
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Interactive Solutions
International Mindfulness Collective
Iranian Bushwalkers
JC Graphic Design
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia
Jesuit Social Services
Keilor Psychology
Kingsford Church of Christ
Labor for Refugees
Las Casas Dominican Centre for Justice, Peace & Care of Creation
Little Company of Mary Region of the Southern Cross
Loreto Sisters
LUSH Cosmetics
Marist Sisters
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office
Meraki Productions
Missionary Sisters of Service
Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital
Morris Care & Advice Pharmacy
National Council of Churches in Australia
Netzer Australia
New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association
Noosa Welcomes Refugees
North Bellingen Medical Centre
North Shore Temple Emanuel
NSW Council for Civil Liberties
NSW Teachers Federation
Operation Hope Australia
Oxfam Australia
Pax Christi Victoria
People Just Like Us
Pitt Street Uniting Church
Plan International Australia
Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Property Initiatives RealEstate
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia
Queenland Child and Family Health Nurses Asociation
Rainbow Refugee Action
RAR Southern Highlands
Redlands for Refugees
Refugee Action Campaign (Canberra)
Refugee Action Coalition (New South Wales)
Refugee Action Collective (Eurobodalla)
Refugee Action Collective (Queensland)
Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)
Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)
Refugee Advocacy Network
Refugee and Immigration Legal Service
Refugee Council of Australia
Refugee Rights Action Network (WA)
Riverview Children’s Foundation
Riverview Community Services
Romero Centre
Rotaract Club of Barwon
Rural Australians for Refugees
Save the Children Australia
Servants of the Blessed Sacrament
Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions
Sisters of Saint Joseph
Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Specialist Health Service
St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Darlington (WA)
St George’s Anglican Church, Paddington
St Peters Anglican
St Vincent de Paul Society National Council
Student Voice Network
Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network
Tasmanian Refugee Rights Action group
Teachers for Refugees
TEAR Australia
The Body Shop Australia
The Household Agency
The Humanitarian Group
The Social Studio
Tobwabba AMS
Toronto Uniting Church
Torquay Community House
Townsville Multicultural Support Group Inc.
Unionists for Refugees – WA
Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly
Uniting Church in Australia, Synod (NSW & ACT)
Welcoming Australia
Wesley Asylum Seeker Welcome Place
Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University
Westgate Refugee Support
Westsiders with Refugees
Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA)
World Vision Australia
World Wellness Group



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