Prosecute us, doctors dare government

DOCTORS, teachers and social workers who have worked at the Manus Island and Nauru immigration detention centres have dared authorities to prosecute them for speaking out.

Detention centre staff who blow the whistle on abuses and disclose confidential information face two years in jail under the Border Force Act which comes into effect today.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, published by the Guardian Australia, 42 former workers have vowed to continue to advocate for those to whom they have a duty of care, despite threats of imprisonment.