Senate debates

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: First Nations

2:49 pm

Photo of Malarndirri McCarthyMalarndirri McCarthy (NT, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

[by video link] My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator Colbeck. I refer to reports a First Nations woman with COVID-19 and breathing difficulties was turned away from the Wilcannia medical service last week. Barkindji woman Monica Kerwin has described the woman as being 'left outside like a dog' and has pleaded:

Somebody, anybody, get this out there. This is what's going on in Wilcannia. And I'm crying, I'm tired, and nobody's helping us.

Minister, why has the Morrison government abandoned First Nations people in Wilcannia?


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