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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Abyan: abuse upon abuse

Raped, pregnant, denied medical care. Click here to sign the petition to bring back Abyan.

From GetUp!

It’s an absolute horror story.

On Friday evening the Turnbull government chartered a plane and sent Abyan* – a raped, pregnant 23 year old refugee – back to Nauru, without receiving medical care.1

Here’s what happened:

  • Abyan came to Australia seeking safety, but instead the government sent her to Nauru, where 14 weeks ago she was raped, an attack that resulted in pregnancy. Abortion is illegal on Nauru, so Abyan begged to come to Australia to receive care, including a terminaton of the pregnancy.2
  • Last week the government responded to enormous public outcry on behalf of Abyan, and brought her to Australia for medical treatment. But once here, this 23 year old woman was denied access to a counsellor to talk her through the procedure.3
  • Instead, she was flown in secret back to Nauru, avoiding legal action on her behalf; still pregnant, and without having been given the medical treatment she needs.4

Instead of providing Abyan with appropriate medical care, the Turnbull government forcibly returned her to Nauru. For Abyan, this is abuse heaped upon abuse – rather than giving her basic human respect, our country has turned her away.

We need to generate an enormous uproar to show the Prime Minister his government can’t get away with this in our name. Click here to sign the urgent petition to bring her back to Australia.

We’ve been in touch with Abyan’s lawyers. When she came to Australia she was weak, sick and traumatised. She had received no care on Nauru after the violent assault, and had lost 10kg. She was in desperate need of appropriate medical attention, including counselling.

But once again the government did not provide for her safety and welfare. Just days after arriving in Australia, Abyan was flown to Nauru, despite her desperate plea not to be returned.

“I cannot go back to where this happened to me; I cannot go to where I was raped. What happened to me there [in Nauru] is what caused me to run away from Somalia. What happened to me in Somalia is what happened to me there [in Nauru]”

Yet this is exactly what the Turnbull government has done. Make no mistake, this is abuse.

Can you sign the urgent petition to Prime Minister Turnbull to bring Abyan back to Australia, and ensure she receives the care she needs?

Abyan’s story is a personal emergency. It’s also yet another outrage in a long line of abuses committed by Australian governments towards refugees and people seeking asylum.

We need to make this huge – for Abyan, and every person like her, who has been so grossly let down and abused by Australia’s devastating policies.

Click here to sign the petition to bring her back.

Thank you,

Aurora and Sally for the GetUp team

PS – This morning, the Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton claimed that Abyan had changed her mind about receiving an abortion, which is why she was taken back to Nauru. This is in direct contradiction to the accounts given by Abyan’s lawyer and advocates in contact with her. We are in touch with them, and they have told us that weak, tired and unwell, Abyan asked for more time, and to see a counsellor to better understand the procedure. A court injunction for her to remain in Australia to receive care was being filed as she was flown by private plane out of the country.

*Abyan is not her real name; it is the name used by the media and her advocates to protect her identity.

[1] ‘Australia secretly flies pregnant refugee out of country before hearing’, Guardian Australia, 16 October 2015
[2] ‘Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion’, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2015
[3] ‘Asylum seeker that claims she was raped in Nauru returned to the island’,, 17 October 2015
[4] ‘Pregnant Somali asylum seeker returned to detention, advocates say’, ABC News, 16 October 2015


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