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Australia Lambie close to deal on refugee transfers

01:55  25 november  2019
01:55  25 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Refugee medical transfer laws imposed against the federal government's will could be unwound by the end of this week.

Parliament resumes on Monday for the last sitting fortnight of the year, with the government intending to put its medevac repeal bill to a vote in the Senate.

Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie will ultimately cast the deciding ballot.

Senator Lambie will meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday to discuss amendments that could ease her concerns about dismantling the medevac regime.

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The Coalition is preparing to cut a deal with Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie to reinstate ministerial veto over refugee medical transfers . Prime Minister Scott Morrison is within sight of a Senate deal to amend the refugee medical transfer laws imposed against his will last February, clearing the way

Australian senator Jacqui Lambie says refugees and the country's top Muslim cleric should be fitted with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said all those being given refugee status in Australia had been Ms Lambie , known for airing controversial views, is one of eight independent senators holding crucial

The Senate crossbencher is also expected to meet with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

"Anything that's got to do with humanity is always really, really difficult to have to take a vote on, so that's why I'm taking a little bit longer than I know that many people would have hoped," Senator Lambie said on Sunday.

"Hopefully, over the next few days, between myself and Peter Dutton, we can get this sorted and certainly get a vote taken."

Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie has indicated she is close to securing a deal with the Morrison government on refugee medical transfer laws. © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie has indicated she is close to securing a deal with the Morrison government on refugee medical transfer laws. Senator Lambie has indicated she wants to land a deal that amends the system, without giving the government the full repeal that it wants.

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Deal would allow transfer of those currently on Nauru, but has been criticised by the UNHCR which says it is ‘not in the spirit of refugee resettlement’.

The need to transfer the children out of Calais is even more urgent given that the French government plans to send in the bulldozers in the coming She said Britain would take as many child refugees as possible who had direct family links already in the UK. “I emphasised to Mr Cazeneuve that we should

"I think what you'll find with medevac is it may not look like it does today," she said.

More than 150 refugees and asylum seekers have come to Australia under the medevac laws.

The government claims the scheme weakens border protection because it limits the discretion of the minister to rule on each transfer.

"From our point of view it is very important that the medevac legislation is repealed," Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told ABC radio on Monday.

"Labor, in the lead up to the last election, forced legislation through the parliament that essentially outsourced our migration system and a key feature of our national security arrangements to advocates who happen to also be doctors."

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the government had made a range of hysterical claims before the medevac laws took effect, which turned out to be overblown and untrue.

"The fact is, the legislation has operated smoothly," he told reporters outside Parliament House.

"Where the minister has had objections, those objections have been upheld by and large, and the truth is, it hasn't undermined border protection.

"What it's done is just put in place a common sense regime, whereby people who need medical assistance have been able to get it."

Senator Cormann said sick asylum seekers and refugees would still be able to come to Australia once the medevac laws were repealed.

"Medical transfers were available before the legislation, they will be available after the legislation has been repealed, but subject to more appropriate safeguards," he said.

"The current arrangements are putting our national security arrangements at risk."

Government accused of reaching a secret deal with Jacqui Lambie to end medevac refugee transfers .
Labor and the Greens want the details of a suspected deal between the crossbench senator and the Government revealed before the Senate casts a final vote to repeal the medical evacuation laws.Senator Lambie has confirmed she would vote for the repeal when it comes to a final vote.

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