AUSTRALIAN ARTS INDUSTRY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT MANUS AND NAURU

December 1, 2018

In a week when we are celebrating Australian stories at the AACTA Awards, there is one story we can’t celebrate. Our Australian story of indefinite detention on the islands of Manus and Nauru.
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AUSTRALIAN ARTS INDUSTRY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT MANUS AND NAURU

In a week when we are celebrating Australian stories at the AACTA Awards, there is one story we can’t celebrate. Our Australian story of indefinite detention on the islands of Manus and Nauru.

Many people in the arts community have watched on in horror as the situation on Nauru and Manus Island worsens into a humanitarian crisis.

We decided that we need to act. That we need to speak out.

We’ve joined the call to get the women, men and children still detained on Manus and Nauru brought to safety for the urgent medical care they need. We are encouraging our representatives in Parliament to support the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill being introduced by Dr Kerryn Phelps this coming week.

The Bill will address this medical crisis and follow the orders of Australian doctors who have overwhelmingly demanded the immediate transferral of all refugee and asylum seeker children from Nauru to Australia, and the provision of appropriate medical treatment, including transferral where necessary, to everyone in offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Islands.

  1. We will present an Open Letter from the arts community to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on Monday and publish the letter in the Daily Telegraph.

The Open Letter text is here, along with the arts industry signatories to this letter.

https://www.blueformanusandnauru.org.au/

  1. Members of the screen community will wear a blue ribbon at the AACTA Awards this coming week to show their solidarity with the people on Manus and Nauru Islands.
  2. Jimmy Barnes, Bryan Brown, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Rebecca Gibney and Warwick Thornton have contributed a video message in support of the people still detained on Manus and Nauru:

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