Fast-Track System | First Nations health workers and the Voice

Monday, 25 September 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Two logos side by side. Refugee Action Coalition on the left: Silhouette of a map of Australia with an an adult and child over a background with barbed wire in the centre with the letters R A C in balloons underneath. On the right is a traditional painting depicting tracks and sitting circles, inside a geometric triangle in the shape of the state of Victoria, with the word VACCHO underneath.

*Content Warning: This episode of Doin' Time contains audio images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have died, and discussion of Deaths in Custody.

 First up this week on Doin' Time, Marisa speaks with  Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition, continuing last week's discussion about draconian detention and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

 He reports on the positive recent announcement that Tamil asylum seeker Neil Para has been granted permanent residency, but also sheds light on the future of the 10,000 asylum seekers rejected or still waiting for a decision under the rigged 'Fast Track' system originally introduced by Scott Morrison. Whilst Labor recognises the flaws in this system, they have not provided any systematic way to review the flawed system, let alone taken steps towards its abolition, reinforcing the ongoing fight for basic human rights for all asylum seekers and refugees in this country. 

 Next up on the show, Marisa speaks with Gunditjmara woman and VACCHO CEO Aunty Jill Gallagher about her views on the Voice to Parliament, specifically after the launch of an Aboriginal health workers' survey in support of a Yes vote to improve health outcomes. She also discusses tackling widespread disempowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the human rights focus of Treaty, lack of trust in the government and a diversity of Mob viewpoints, consultation with Aboriginal elders in the design of the Voice, and improving conditions across various sectors by holding government accountable.

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