1. Hamid Khazaei Coronial Inquest
: Resumes Monday February 13th and continues for 2 weeks.
2. The continued challenge to the Australian Border Force Act
: Last year, following the action of Doctors For Refugees and the Fitzroy Legal Centre, the Federal government amended the Border Force Act to exempt Health Professionals from criminal prosecution for reporting abuse or neglect to individuals in detention. This notably did not include teachers, social workers or other guardians. Doctors For Refugees will continue its challenge to the Australian Border Force Act so that teachers, social workers or other guardians are also included in exemption from criminal prosecution.
3. Senate inquiry into serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of Asylum Seekers in relation to Nauru and Manus Island:
The Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee will present their report by 30 March 2017. Current submissions may be accessed online