Do you trust Dutton over doctors?

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It's Doctors vs Dutton. 

The Morrison Government, together with the Murdoch press, have gone on the absolute offensive against Australian doctors. These doctors are working tirelessly to #BackTheBill to get a fair medical transfer process for critically ill people in offshore detention, instead of leaving it up to Peter Dutton. 

Prime Minister Morrison called it "stupid"1, but he picked the wrong fight. Doctors are trusted by the public far more than politicians. That's how our movement forced the Government to evacuate 119 children and their families from Nauru to safety, by elevating the voices of doctors.2 

This time, the Government is trying to discredit these brave doctors, aided by frontpage, anti-doctor attacks in the Murdoch tabloids. So we have to work even harder this time to lift their voices up. 

And with the critical vote happening next Tuesday in Parliament – which could come down to just one vote – we're running out of time. 

So our ad buyers are racing to lock in a high impact ad blitz featuring doctors in a hard-hitting national TV ad. If enough of us chip in, we can catapult the voices of leading, trusted doctors into living rooms (and Parliamentary offices) across Australia ahead of the critical vote next week. 

Can you chip in $12 to fund a huge ad blitz featuring doctors calling on politicians to stay strong and #BackTheBill to end the medical crisis offshore? 

The Urgent Medical Transfer Bill is being championed by a coalition of conscience in Parliament – led by Independents Dr Kerryn Phelps and Senator Tim Storer and supported across the political spectrum, from refugee stalwarts The Greens and Andrew Wilkie to the former Liberal MP now independent Julia Banks, Centre Alliance, Senator Derryn Hinch, and the ALP. 

It'll be one of the first items on the agenda when Parliament resumes next week, and right now there's just enough support to get it across the line. But it could come down to a single vote. 

And the stakes are incredibly high for Prime Minister Morrison. If the vote passes, it'll be the first loss on legislation for a government on the floor of the House in 90 years – both historic and humiliating.3 

So while the Government desperately tries to undercut the Bill, we need to make sure MPs are hearing loud and clear from Australian doctors about how critical it is – just like GetUp members did to help get #KidsOffNauru. 

Together, we'll beam a simple and urgent message from the former head of Mental Health Services for International Health and Mental Services (IHMS), psychiatrist Dr Peter Young, across Canberra: #BackTheBill and stop deaths in offshore detention. 

Can you chip in $12 to fund a huge national ad blitz featuring doctors calling on politicians to stay strong and #BackTheBill to end the medical crisis offshore? 

This Bill would mean sick people detained on Manus and Nauru finally get the care they so desperately need, instead of doctors' orders being overruled by Dutton and bureaucrats. 

But our movement is going to have to throw everything we've got at this to help get it over the line. 

In determination, 

Shen, Ellen, Renaire and Neha for the GetUp team 

[1] 'Scott Morrison won't call snap election if defeated on 'stupid' refugee transfer bill', The Guardian, 6 February 2019. 
[2] 'Kids off Nauru letter signed by hundreds of Australian doctors delivered to PM', SBS, 15 October 2018. 
[3] ''I will simply ignore it': Scott Morrison rules out snap election if defeated on 'stupid' refugee bill', Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2019.
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