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Medivacs: the devil is in the details

Medivacs: the devil is in the details

Arguments pro and con fly in all directions as the medical transfer laws are pondered. The pro mob say there is no medial services on Nauru and that is a lie. There are 64 medicos on Nauru or Manus Island and that equates to one medico for seven people. A quick survey in my rural district confirms about one medico for about 400 people. Also, it is being reported that a detainee does not have to be ill to be transferred to Australia, they can be transferred (the devil in the detail) for ‘assessment’. Then starts legal action preventing their return as is the case for several hundred that presently tie up the courts at taxpayers’ expense. Keep in mind that all these people have already failed UNHCR admittance criteria.

The Morrison government is preparing to remove 300 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in the first wave of medical transfers under a divisive new law that has sparked a political storm over the risk of a resumption in boat arrivals. Asylum seekers will be sent to the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island under the plan, amid government claims that people smugglers will be “back in business” as a result of the new legislation.

Source: Fairfax Media

Government prepares to remove 300 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in first wave of transfers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would reopen the Christmas Island detention centre – which closed last year – to cope with what he predicted would be an influx of transfers from Manus Island and Nauru.

Labor accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of lying to voters after he warned that asylum seeker boats could restart after the Senate passed the new medical transfer law over his objections.

The Senate vote confirmed the government’s historic loss on major legislation as Mr Morrison escalated his warnings about the impact of the changes, guaranteeing an election fight on asylum seeker policy.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten chose not to turn the government’s defeat into a call for an early election, arguing the new law was a humanitarian change that made no significant alteration to offshore processing of boat arrivals.

The Department of Home Affairs told the government last week it was aware of 300 cases of people on Manus Island and Nauru likely to be recommended for medical transfer under the new law.

While the applications have not been lodged, the government was told to expect the medical recommendations, a view supported by advice from International Health and Medical Services, the contractor providing medical care to the asylum seekers.

IHMS told the government it was seeing an increase in enquiries from Australian doctors about asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, suggesting preparations were being made for applications for transfer.

The estimate of 300 cases is in line with the estimate from Australian doctor Nick Martin, who was based on Nauru in 2016 and 2017 and told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald last week that about 30 per cent of the 1,000 people on the islands would seek a transfer.

Independent MP Kerryn Phelps and Greens leader Richard Di Natale have also predicted several hundred asylum seekers could qualify for transfer and treatment.

Mr Morrison ramped up the alert on border security by convening the national security committee of cabinet, seeking briefings from Australian Border Force officials and warning that people smugglers in Indonesia would use the new law in Australia to encourage people onto boats.

“My job now is to ensure that the boats don’t come,” he said.

“If they don’t come, it will be because of the work and the decisions we are now taking and the actions we are putting in place.

“If they do come, you can thank the Labor Party and Bill Shorten because he is the one who has led this process. He has led this process to weaken and compromise our borders.”

The new law only applies to the 1,000 people currently on Manus Island and Nauru but Mr Morrison hedged when asked to confirm this fact on Wednesday, saying people smugglers did not care about the “nuance” of the law.

Labor workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor said the Prime Minister had chosen to “misrepresent the truth” and “lie to the Australian people” in an attempt to gain political advantage when he should be safeguarding the national interest.

“Most remarkably and outrageously, we’ve seen him announce the opening of Christmas Island. Well if this wasn’t the biggest advertisement to people smugglers, I don’t know what is,” he said.

“To open up a taxpayer funded motel in Christmas Island to basically advertise to people smugglers in the region that indeed business is back – that is a desperate act.”

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said the Labor rules would mean people could “get on a boat, get to Nauru, get sick and get to Australia” – making no mention of the fact the new law did not apply to new boat arrivals.

Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus said Mr Morrison had chosen to “endorse lies”.

The government has not said how many medical transferees will likely live in the community and how many will need to be held in detention centres.

The new law states that those who are transferred must be in detention but Labor argues this continues to allow the Immigration Minister to release them into community detention.

Most refugees who arrived by boat have gone into the community in the past. As of December, 380 boat people were in detention and 15,674 in the community.

The likelihood of an imminent boat may be lessened by the fact it is monsoon season in Indonesia. The monsoon, which has historically dampened – though not stopped – asylum-seeker journeys, peaks in January and February.

Jacinta Carroll, a former national security official who worked in border protection and is now based at the Australian National University, said people smugglers would likely use the change to market themselves but she doubted this would produce a flood.

“I don’t think we can see what we saw before.”

John Coyne, a former Australian Federal Police officer now at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the law was well-constructed but it did “change the narrative”, which could encourage some people to risk a boat journey.

“The narrative of the past six years has been one of crushing any hope,” he said. “You can’t underplay the impact that a spark of hope will have when people are desperate.”

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Honeybadger 14/02/2019, 7:12 am

    Despite Dutton’s best efforts looks like those illegals who were never ever going to settle in Australia have got their way.
    This leftie obsession with all things to do with illegals from s#@’hole countries is staggering. Another $1.4 billion to open Christmas Island which should be spent on our taxpayers here. Just give it all away and you can get that warm inner glow and headlines you crave.
    Shame on the swill that is Derryn Hinch, Phelps, Sharki and Banks for supporting this betrayal.

    • TommyGun 14/02/2019, 7:36 am

      You are right, HB.
      Shame on the pack of traitorous bastards.

      • JG 14/02/2019, 8:38 am

        Green/Left/and hand full of creaps are only to keen to let a couple of leftie doc decide Australia border policy.
        Bull Shitten gets into bed with who ever and under instruction from the Unions regardless of Australia future just so he can be called PM. Really what ever it takes so the Unions and crazy Greens can introduce their socialist programs.
        Expect more Bull Shitten soon as we head to an election.

    • Lorraine 14/02/2019, 9:39 am

      HB has nailed them with shame, it is beyond them. They are the king makers in their own eyes. See its all about me and my superior compassion to yours. SCOMO made a fine move in opening Christmas Island put the crap from both Islands in there and lock them up. Money spent will be worth it to make this bill null and void. there is 2 ways and Scomo is for Australia

    • Austin Ayforti 14/02/2019, 9:56 am

      Shoot the traitorous scum, then shoot the illegals.

  • DT 14/02/2019, 7:44 am

    Obviously while the present government is in office Operation Sovereign Borders will continue to intercept and turn back smuggler boats.

    The problem is that the arrival numbers could now increase and expenses for Australian taxpayers will also increase.

    Labor did not stop people smuggling during their 1983-1996 terms in government, and the abandoned Pacific Solution as soon as they were in government from 2007 to 2013. Who does not expect them to abandon Operation Sovereign Borders if they are elected to government again?

    Their support for the doctor’s Bill gave them away.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 14/02/2019, 8:19 am

    The reason they are on Manus or Nauru is that they didn’t meet the requirements for refugees and are criminals after committing a criminal act. Doctors aiding and abetting them to enter Australia are also committing a criminal act and should be held accountable and slung in the slammer or at least have charges laid against them and that might dampen their ardour. Most people, and many doctors themselves believe that they are fountains of wisdom and knowledge but they are just mortals like the majority of people in any given community.

    • Austin Ayforti 14/02/2019, 10:09 am

      Just like the wonderous humanitarian examples of drs Phelps and Di NaGenitalia. Both spew something from their fountains but it ain’t wisdom.

  • Jack Richards 14/02/2019, 8:48 am

    Green-Labor think they’ve got the next election in the bag and are now operating as if they’ve already won. What they have done is let the cat out of the bag as just to just what a stinking mess they’ll make of things. In a way, this a godsend to the coalition and the minor conservative parties.

    That sour faced homosexual crone, Kerryn Phelps, has done more for the coalition/conservative cause than Sharma could ever have done. I’d say that there are many in Wentworth who now realise they were scammed by her and her GetUp/Greens/Labor organised campaign. She and other “independents” such as Julia Banks and Rebecca Sharkie will be out of a job by the end of May.

    I just hope Morrison/Dutton/Abbott et al go for the Green/Labor jugular on border protection, the retiree tax, death duties, and Labor’s proposed huge tax increases.

    • Gregoryno6 14/02/2019, 9:36 am

      Perhaps Phelps has some inside information on her future as an MP. Perhaps the oracles are telling her to keep her bags packed.
      Making her move now, because she won’t be around after the election?
      We can hope.

  • Albert 14/02/2019, 9:25 am

    64 medical personnel on Nauru and Manus and criminal illegals can be brought here for “assessment”. You didn’t hear that from the treasonous scum who voted to bring them here and you didn’t hear it from the MSM either
    DT is right when he indicates that Labor/Greens will abandon Sovereign Borders. but watch the dopey voters put Labor/Greens into government.
    Time for an uprising.

    • ibbit 14/02/2019, 9:37 am

      I fear the time for an uprising will come, given the pack of mongrels – in and out of government – who decide on what is right and proper for Australia. By rights we should be able to deport anyone for treasonous behaviour, starting with Phelps and Hinch among others.

      • Lorraine 14/02/2019, 9:42 am

        they are protected , but as you say they are traitors, remember them all on election day

  • Penguinite 14/02/2019, 5:03 pm

    Double Dissolution . It might get rid of a few of the traitors!

  • JRT 14/02/2019, 5:20 pm

    God forbid it happens, but IF by chance one of these child molesters once brought to Australia commits a crime I hope, no I wish, the victims SUE Phelps, Labor, Greens, Hinch & others for putting themselves above the people who voted for them.
    ( I note the “principled” Hinch has thrown it all out the window now “he has his snout in the trough!)

  • Rinaldo 17/02/2019, 9:27 am

    Nauru –
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    Medivacs: the devil is in the details
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    Arguments pro and con fly in all directions as the medical transfer laws are pondered. The pro mob say there is no medial services on Nauru and that is a lie. There are 64 medicos on Nauru or Manus Island and that equates to one medico for seven people. A quick survey in my rural district confirms about one medico for about 400 people. Also, it is being reported that a detainee does not have to be ill to be transferred to Australia, they can be transferred (the devil in the detail) for ‘assessment’. Then starts legal action preventing their return as is the case for several hundred that presently tie up the courts at taxpayers’ expense. Keep in mind that all these people have already failed UNHCR admittance criteria.
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    The Morrison government is preparing to remove 300 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in the first wave of medical transfers under a divisive new law that has sparked a political storm over the risk of a resumption in boat arrivals. Asylum seekers will be sent to the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island under the plan, amid government claims that people smugglers will be “back in business” as a result of the new legislation. [More
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    http://morningmail.org/medivacs-devil-details/#more-95977

  • Rinaldo 17/02/2019, 9:28 am

    Bill Shorten pledges $500 million to UN – confirms increased refugee intake
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    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has pledged a Labor government would massively increase Australia’s funding to the United Nations for regional refugee programs and lift the annual refugee intake, in a compromise deal that avoided a major stoush over asylum seekers at the party’s national conference.
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    Mr Shorten said he wanted to “rekindle Australia’s reputation as a good international citizen” when it came to refugees – but not at the expense of restarting the people smuggling trade.
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    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on the second day of the Labor conference.
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    He told Labor’s national conference the party must maintain its support for turning back asylum seeker boats and processing boat arrivals offshore on Manus Island and Nauru.
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    The Labor for Refugees ginger group withdrew resolutions condemning boat turn-backs and offshore processing after the party’s Left caucus resolved not to support those motions.
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    In a rare division on policy at this year’s conference, Left-aligned frontbencher Andrew Giles moved to give 6000 failed asylum seekers a second chance at gaining refugee status through an independent merits review process. He said it was a “logical step” flowing from Labor’s commitment to abolish the “flawed” fast-track assessment scheme.
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    The review was opposed by the Right and immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann, who said it would be costly and clog the system. The proposition was declared lost on the voices.
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    But in an agreement reached behind the scenes, Mr Shorten announced a Labor government would quadruple funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and boost the annual refugee intake by lifting the number of community-sponsored places.
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    Australia currently gives $25 million a year to the UN refugee agency – Labor would lift this to $100 million a year, or $500 million in the first five years of a Shorten government.
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    “This funding will speed up legitimate settlement pathways. It will deny people smugglers a product to sell,” Mr Shorten told conference delegates on Monday morning.
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    Video 2 Coming to a neighborhood near you soon. The future brought to you by the progressive left. Bill Shorten wants to bring in this kind of refugee.
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    https://larryhannigan.com/australia/45c-bill-shorten-pledges-500-million-to-un-confirms-increased-refugee-intake/

    Section 44 of the Constitution sets out restrictions on who can be a candidate for Federal parliament. In full it reads:
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    44. Any person who –
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    (i.) Is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
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    (ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offense punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or

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