For those who've come across the seas: Meanjin at the Australian Centre


For those who've come across the seas: Meanjin at the Australian Centre

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‘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 his article '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, Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs. The event will be introduced by the Human Rights Law Centre's Arif Hussein.

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


  • Mr Arif Hussein
  • Dr Nick Martin
    Dr Nick Martin, General Practitioner
  • Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs
    Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs, University of Melbourne