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Australia Medevac laws are ‘modest’ and ‘working as intended’

07:01  20 november  2019
07:01  20 november  2019 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite has told Sky News he believes the medevac legislation is “ working as intended ” despite revelations that fewer than one in 10

A new report by the Independent Health Advice Panel shows that the Medevac laws , which allow independent Australian doctors to recommend medical transfers for seriously ill people detained offshore, are working .

As the federal government pushes to repeal the medevac laws, the Australia Institute’s deputy director Ebony Bennett says the medevac laws are “really quite modest” and have been “working as intended”.

Ms Bennett and Sky News host Chris Kenny debated the laws which give doctors more say in transferring asylum seekers to Australia from offshore detention for medical treatment.

Ms Bennett argued the fact that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has approved more than 90 asylum seekers and refugees for temporary medical transfers separate to the medevac legislation shows the laws do not pose a threat to national security.

However, Mr Kenny said this proves why the medevac laws are not required, as people who needed medical treatment were already able to be brought to Australia.

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