Doctors never at risk of gag laws, claim immigration officials

Immigration officials say detention centre doctors were never at risk of jail time for speaking out about the suffering of detainees, despite a move to exempt them from secrecy laws.

The Australian Border Force Act, introduced last year, included possible two year jail sentence for those working for immigration detention services who made unauthorised disclosures about care in the detention system.

On Wednesday, it emerged the Federal Government had amended the act to exclude healthcare workers from the definition of “immigration and border protection