Medevac laws are ‘modest’ and ‘working as intended’
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.
Peter Dutton has strongly urged the Senate abolish the Medevac bill by weeks end as people of "bad character" are continuing to slip through under the current legislation.
The Morrison government is hoping for Senator Jacqui Lambie's support in order to repeal the legislation, which is listed for debate in the Senate on Wednesday.
Senator Lambie met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday, but is yet to comment publicly on her position.
“I think it’s in our national interest for these bad laws to be abolished… [and] I’m hoping that the Senate can consider this bill this week,” Mr Dutton told Sky News host Peta Credlin.
“Of course, the Left and the Labor Party continue to dominate the thinking around border protection policy,” Mr Dutton said.
Mr Dutton said the Medevac laws effectually “undermines our border protection policies in this country”.
Decoding the secret medevac negotiations between Jacqui Lambie and the Government .
The Federal Government insists the only guarantee it has given crossbencher Jacqui Lambie is it will implement its current policies. In doing so, it leaves open the prospect that refugees could be settled in New Zealand even though that's not publicly its current policy, writes political reporter Dan Conifer.Instead, the stars are Scott Morrison and Jacqui Lambie, and they're talking about refugees in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.