Leading Australian doctor challenges Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten over ‘torture-like conditions’ at detention centres – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Leading Australian doctor challenges Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten over ‘torture-like conditions’ at detention centresExclusive by medical reporter Sophie Scott and Natasha RobinsonUpdated earlier today at 8:19am PHOTO: Professor Isaacs said there were “torture-like conditions” in offshore detention centres. (AAP: Department of Immigration)RELATED STORY: ‘Detention harms children’: Medical staff, students in nationwide protestsRELATED STORY: Doctors warn detention centres laws clash with medical code of conductMAP: NauruOne of Australia’s leading doctors has challenged the Prime Minister to prosecute him for speaking out about what he calls “torture-like conditions” in offshore detention centres.Key points:Paediatrician says long-term detention causes mental health problems, breaches international law, could be considered tortureConditions compared to those in asylums, prisons, concentration campsDoctor wrote to politicians calling on them to prosecute him for speaking out under Border Force ActProfessor David Isaacs has been an outspoken critic of the centres, but under the Border Force Act, contractors working in immigration detention — including doctors and aid workers — face two years’ imprisonment for revealing details of what happens in detention centres.The paediatrician visited Nauru in December 2014.Professor Isaacs said he had now written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Labor leader Bill Shorten challenging them to prosecute him under the Act, or to repeal the legislation

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