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Baby Asha released from Brisbane hospital

Protesters outside the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane. Photo Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Facebook page.

Protesters outside the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane. Photo Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Facebook page.

Canberra/Brisbane [AAP & other sources]

The asylum-seeker baby at the centre of an immigration storm has been discharged from a Brisbane hospital.

‘She’s in community detention,’ Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told the Nine Network on Monday.

‘Obviously the support will be provided to the family and that’s been the case for 83 other people including women and children that have come to Australia for medical assistance or the family members of somebody who has.’

Baby Asha’s fate sparked a week of rallies outside Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital after doctors refused to release her, fearful she would be returned to detention on Nauru immediately.

Some asylum-seeker advocates still fear that the family will be deported to Nauru once public attention has died down.

Asylum Seeker Resources Centre CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis said on Sunday night ‘This movement won today because it’s yours, ours together, not owned by anyone or any organisation but rather in the hearts of all caring and decent people.

‘It was a team effort from the staff at Lady Cilento, the thousands of local Brisbane people who held an unbroken vigil for ten days and dozens of refugee charities, health and human rights organisations, First Nation communities, churches, unions, schools, state government and local councils, multi-faith communities and community groups who worked together as one.

‘We’re all just getting started. Next the 267 refugees facing return to Nauru.’

See the Asylum Seeker Resources Centre’s #LetThemStay campaign http://www.asrc.org.au/campaigns/letthemstay/


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