Lambie close to deal on refugee transfers
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."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.
If the medevac repeal is scuttled, the government may be forced to keep the Christmas Island detention centre open, which could blow a hole in the federal budget. But Mr Frydenberg insisted there is enough money in the budget to keep the centre running if the new Senate blocks the repeal .
Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie has released a statement saying she will vote to repeal the medevac legislation as long as the government agrees
The Senate will vote this week on whether to repeal the medevac laws, as the government continues its negotiations with crucial crossbenchers.
More than 20 refugees have reportedly been flown to Australia under the controversial medevac laws even though they were approved for relocation to the United States.
An Iranian man, accused of setting an accommodation block alight on Manus Island, was also moved to the country on mental health grounds, according to The Australian newspaper.
The fate of the legislation rests with crossbench Senator Jacqui Lambie, whose support has not yet been secured.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said she told Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton that she has "given him her guarantee" that she will back it and he has "no reason" to question her otherwise.
Up to 180 people have been transferred to Australia under the medevac laws.
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.