We won't let Labor cave

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In a matter of hours we could see an end to the medical crisis in offshore detention. But only if Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor stay strong and pass the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill. 

The Morrison Government and the Murdoch media have spent all week fear-mongering – making wild allegations and accusations, insinuating that doctors can't make fair judgements and straight up lying about what the bill does.1,2,3 

This morning, splashed across the headlines from the Australian to the Guardian and the ABC, it's clear that Labor is starting to wobble.4 

Without Labor standing strong in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, like they did in the Senate just last year, the vote will fail. 

The lives of critically unwell men and women detained on Manus and Nauru hang in the balance. The stakes have never been higher. 

Senior Labor politicians will meet at 6pm today to make a final call. Together, we need to show the ALP that the community, thousands of doctors, the Australian Medical Association and major medical colleges want them to #BackTheBill. They're feeling the pressure, so now they need to hear directly from us. 

Can you pick up the phone right now and help inundate Labor with calls 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 The Greens and Andrew Wilkie to the former Liberal MP now independent Julia Banks, Centre Alliance and Senator Derryn Hinch. 

It would make sure that sick people detained on Manus and Nauru get the treatment they need, without doctors' orders being overridden by politicians and bureaucrats. 

Up until a few days ago – Labor was standing strong. But front page news today is showing the exact opposite. 

If Labor walk away from the crossbench bill, or flip flop on a bill they helped drive just a few months ago – we could end up with a situation which gives Peter Dutton even more power to override doctors' orders. 

The consequences would be dire. We have just a few hours to prove to Labor that the community wants them to #BackTheBill and stay strong. 

Can you pick up the phone and call on Labor to stay strong and #BackTheBill right now? 

Together with doctors, caseworkers and lawyers, we pushed politicians from all sides to get #KidsOffNauru. 

Now, we have just a few hours to push Labor to stand with the crossbench and make sure that doctors' orders, not the whims of politicians, decide treatment for sick people in offshore detention. 

We're ready to fight. 

In determination, 

Shen, Ellen, Renaire and Neha for the GetUp team 

[1] 'No middle ground': Morrison digs in on asylum seeker medivac bill,' SMH, 9 February 2019. 
[2] 'Scott Morrison ramps up border protection rhetoric with attack on Labor, The Guardian, 11 February 2019. 
[3] 'Scott Morrison warns of threats to Australia', Courier Mail, 11 February 2019. 
[4] 'Bill Shorten set to back down in stand-off over refugee medical bill', SMH, 10 February 2019.
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