Urgent Medical Treatment Bill Passes, Myanmar & Switchboard

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 - 7:00am to 8:30am

Wednesday 13th Feb 2019

Good Morning & Salutations – Happy International Day of Radio!!

Alternative News taking a closer look a the costs involved with the Policy of Offshore Detention, as well as celebrating the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill being passed through the Lower House. This Bill states that in the event of a refugee or person seeking asylum requiring urgent medical assistance, two independent Australian doctors can recommend their temporary transfer to Australia.

Featured interview from the New Geographies of Global Inequalities and Social Justice Conference with Dr Vanessa Lamb discussing her research in Myanmar on water governance of the Salween River.

Interview with Dr Sue Wareham National President of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) on the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill discussing it’s success through the lower house and its next step into the Senate. Dr Wareham stresses that this Bill is the principle that all people needing medical treatment will be granted appropriate treatment regardless of political considerations.

Interview with Jo,  CEO of Switchboard discussing recent federal funding cuts to the organisations “Out and About” Programme. The programme aimed to battle against social isolation and loneliness through a volunteer community visitor programmes connecting LGBTQIA elders to the wider community. With significant cuts to “Out and About”, the funding is redirected towards more mainstream providers who will not be able to deliver the tailored services of Switchboard. For those interested in getting more involved you can follow/support Switchboard through the organisations Facebook or Twitter.

An open conversation with Nicolas Pirsoul from the Australian Catholic University, discussing the Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the diversity of culture, politics and sociology present in Iran.

The original 855am and 3CR Digital versions of the program featured the following music tracks: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, “Cyberbogie” by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and “Radio Radio” by Elvis Costello, celebrating International Radio Day. Removed from this podcast due to license restrictions