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For those who've come across the seas

‘It doesn’t take long to break a man. You can do it in a second, in one punch, one judgment handed down, one small gesture. I’ve seen it happen … To watch someone break over a period of months was a different thing altogether… That’s what I saw as a doctor in Nauru.’

In the March issue of Meanjin Dr Nick Martin documents the unpleasant, sometimes hellish, truth of what is happening in the Australian detention camp on Nauru. Frustrated and appalled, Martin would turn whistleblower in the end.

In Meanjin’s 'Diary of a Nauru Doctor', he describes the living mental, physical and bureaucratic hell of Australia’s detention regime, and explains how what he saw on Nauru forced him to make that experience public.

Hear Nick Martin in conversation with the former head of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, introduced by the Human Rights Law Centre’s Arif Hussein.

When: 14 March from 6.30 - 7.30 pm
Where: Forum Theatre, Level 1, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010
RSVP: Click here to register for the event

Nick Martin is a GP. He trained in the UK, he is a former surgeon lieutenant commander with the British Royal Navy and has worked around the world including in conflict zones. He worked as a senior medical officer on Nauru from 2016-2017.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs served as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission for five years until July 2017. She is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Speaking Up to be published this year by Melbourne University Publishing.

Arif Hussein is a lawyer working with refugees and asylum seekers through the Human Rights Law Centre. He has been on four deployments to the Manus Island regional processing centre.

This event will launch the Autumn 2018 edition of Meanjin, copies will be available to purchase after the event.

Presented by the Australian Centre and Meanjin Quarterly.