I was born the son of an immigrant. My father was a person seeking asylum from communist Hungary, looking for refuge in a new country – the lucky country, Australia.
He too was displaced, forced to move, required to adjust to a new country. Fortunately, he wasn’t put in detention when he arrived. Today, it seems more like jail, where people are locked away while they wait to be “processed".
I am also a doctor, and the president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Our profession has a duty of care to all people in Australia. That our government ignores the basic human rights of refugees and asylum seekers distresses me, and it conflicts with my professional commitment as a physician to serve the health of our people.
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