Opinion: Reporting abuse should not be a criminal act

“If I see child abuse in Australia and I don’t report it, I can get into enormous trouble. If I see child abuse in Nauru and I do report it, I might go to prison for two years”.1

This was how Professor David Isaacs, a NSW paediatrician, summed up the absurdity of the situation as it applies to Australian doctors. This, of course, is only part of the law currently enforced, in our name, by the Australian government under the title of Operation Sovereign Borders.

These laws, in the words of World Medical Association president Dr Xavier Deau, are “in