Greens Senator requests consular assistance for Ebola mission
Australian Greens Health Spokesperson and former public health specialist, Dr Richard Di Natale, wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today seeking consular assistance for a field trip to West Africa.
“Prior to being elected I was a public health specialist with experience in outbreak investigations so I am keen to visit West Africa to monitor the international response to the Ebola crisis.
“My trip to West Africa will be privately funded but a worthwhile field trip would be impossible without assistance from the Australian government.”
“Meetings with representatives from the World Health Organization, the United Nations coordinating team and NGOs would simply not be possible without consular assistance ,” said Senator Di Natale.
“I welcome the government’s change of heart on the deployment of Australian personnel to West Africa but concerns remain about the nature and scale of our involvement.”
“Delaying action until now has cost lives needlessly so I call on the government to provide me with the necessary embassy support for a field visit to help ensure we get this right.”
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