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These Two Podcasts about the work of the NJP are worth listening to

If you want to understand the tragedy unfolding on Nauru & the behind the scenes work of the lawyers and social workers getting sick kids off Nauru you might like to listen to these two podcasts. Breaking point: Australia under pressure to evacuate sick children from Nauru – Part 1 https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/australia-under-pressure-to-fix-nauru-v2/10429782  Breaking point: Australia under pressure to evacuate sick children …

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George Newhouse discusses Kids off Nauru on ABC News 24

Lawyers for most of the children who have been evacuated from Nauru over the past 18 months have welcomed the statement by the government that they plan to relocate all remaining refugee children on Nauru to Australia by the end of the year. But even that may be too long for some of the children that we are working for. …

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Our CEO speaks out at the Kids off Nauru rally in Sydney

Our success in obtaining Federal Court orders for medical evacuations from Nauru is proof that strategic litigation and effective advocacy can make a real difference, even in a toxic political environment. We are swamped with medical emergencies. In the last 9 months we have had 116 people including 43 kids moved from Nauru to Australia for care and treatment. That …

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Blocked transfer of a critically ill woman from Nauru is ‘extremely concerning’

The decision of the Nauruan Government to block the transfer of a critically ill woman to Australia is “extremely concerning”, George Newhouse has told the ABC. Court orders stipulated that the refugee should be brought to Australia for urgent treatment for depression and trauma-related conditions. “You have a woman with serious mental illness, a court has ordered her to be …

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President Waqa’s comments highlight need to get #KidsOffNauru

Spotlight is on Nauru ahead of the Pacific Island Forum this week and escalating reports about the critical medical condition of children. A new report by the Refugee Council of Australia and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre details incidents of trauma and the appalling conditions that people must live through every day. They report that depression, anxiety, short-term memory loss, …

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Why Australia has a duty of care to asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru

The Australian government has long argued that it doesn’t have a duty of care to refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, because they’re held off Australia’s shores.  And yet there are situations where this happens all the time: Australia maintains a duty of care to diplomats and soldiers abroad, even though they are also ‘offshore’. Many people ask us how …

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‘Crisis point’: New York Times reports on children’s mental health on Nauru

A seventh child will be brought to Australia from Nauru for medical care, following legal pressure. The National Justice Project represented the girl at a federal court hearing on Wednesday. She is one of a number of refugee children with worsening mental health issues, who are seeking medical treatment in Australia. George Newhouse, principal lawyer for the National Justice Project, …