Tuesday, February 08, 2005

not citizen = not human.

The two-tiered system of humanity so actively supported for so long in Australia is highlighted (again) by Cornelia Rau’s sister, Chris Rau, in her article in yesterday’s SMH:
“While she was an unnamed illegal immigrant, the only treatment [Cornelia Rau] received for mental illness was longer periods in lock-up as punishment for bad behaviour. From the information coming out of Baxter, the lock-ups led to a worsening of her condition and worse behaviour... As soon as she became an Australian resident she was whisked away to a teaching hospital, seen by consultant psychiatrists and medicated. During which leg of her flight from Baxter to Adelaide did she suddenly gain the basic human right to medical treatment?”

Sometimes I am ashamed to be Australian.

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