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Concern grows over health of Australia's refugee population

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.529 (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:529
  1. Norman Swan
  1. Sydney

    Although details of the medical condition of 433 refugees transferred from the Norwegian cargo ship, the Tampa, off Christmas Island, have yet to emerge, within Australia itself concern is growing over the health of 2500 asylum seekers—500 of them children—held in former army camps.

    Australia is the only country in the world with mandatory indefinite detention for asylum seekers who arrive without permission. They are locked away in camps around the country …

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