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Medivac: both Labor and GetUp want Medivac

03.12.19. As the moment of truth draws near, various pollies are set to task, bring in the top negotiators, the ones that can charm and angry lion down from a tree, a skill learned during marriage, some might say. But only a naïve fool would not see the real reason for that creature Kerryn Phelps’ motive—open borders. The rats are are jostling to jump PNG with one mighty hop, step and a jump into the heavenly bliss of Centrelink and a lifetime of bludging on the backs of good Australians. Phelps should be made to house and support the rats of her breeding. That Medivac hole must be plugged today and made retroactive!
More than one third of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Papua New Guinea and Nauru have applied for transfer to Australia under controversial medivac laws, with a rush of applications lodged before a parliamentary vote to terminate the scheme. 

Source: Joe Kelly and Simon Benson, News Corp

Medivac transfers leap as repeal bid looms

The fate of the medivac regime rests with Tasmanian Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie, who has refused to show her hand after making her support conditional on a secret ultimatum she has delivered to the government.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has provided Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton a personal assurance of her party’s support after last week delivering the Coalition a shock defeat over its union-busting bill.
With the Coalition hoping to repeal the medivac laws as soon as Tuesday, The Australian can reveal there are 171 people being held offshore who have applied for transfer under the Labor and Greens-backed medivac laws.
As of Monday night, there were 466 asylum-seekers and refugees held offshore — 208 on PNG and 258 on Nauru.
The 171 are at various stages of the approval process, with 63 having lodged more than one application for a medical transfer. In total, there are 234 applications currently being considered for medical transfers — a figure which is greater than half the total number of people being held on Manus and Nauru.
The Australian can also reveal that, in the lead up to the Senate sitting week of November 11, Mr Dutton was forced to consider nearly 100 applications. Forty-seven were considered during the week of November 4, and 51 the following week.
The spike came amid speculation the government could use the Senate-only sitting week in November to put the medivac repeal to a vote, with the number of applications plummeting to just four in the week of November 18 when the Senate was not sitting.
Since the medivac laws were passed in February, 184 people have been transferred to Australia and 418 valid applications have been lodged.
On Monday, Government Senate Leader Mathias Cormann confirmed the repeal bill would be put to a vote and that it would not accept measures that would weaken the border protection ­regime.
“We are very mindful of making sure that we maintain strong border protection arrangements and we don’t provide an incentive for the people-smugglers to get boats going again,” he said.
“We will not be making any changes to our strong border protection arrangements, and we will not be making any changes to the way we’ve been dealing with Labor’s legacy caseload.”
The government is also concerned people complaining of trivial medical issues are being approved by doctors for transfer under the medivac regime.
In one case, a refugee in PNG was approved for transfer because of receding gums, gingivitis and a urinary tract infection.
Labor home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally on Monday criticised the government’s push to overturn the laws, saying they were working effectively, and accused Mr Dutton of failing to advance third-country resettlement options, including New Zealand.
The Australian revealed on Monday that more than 20 refugees approved for relocation in the US had instead been flown to Australia under the medivac regime, fuelling concern the laws were undermining third-country resettlement arrangements.
More than 50 people rejected for relocation by the US have come to Australia under the laws.
Scott Morrison has ruled out ­allowing New Zealand to take asylum-seekers from Manus Island and Nauru in return for Senator Lambie’s support of the medivac repeal. “Those policies on those matters haven’t changed,” the Prime Minister said.
Senator Keneally accused the government of disclosing the private details and health conditions of asylum-seekers as part of its push to secure support for the ­repeal. “We have seen the names, backgrounds, ages and ethnicities of asylum-seekers and refugees published in papers,” she said. “We have seen their medical conditions misconstrued and exploited for political gain.”
Senator Keneally also ­appeared to take aim at Home ­Affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo, and quoted from a directive he ­issued in June 2015 when he was secretary of the then department of immigration and border protection. “Unless there are compelling medical reasons, supported by second opinions, to do with life-and-death situations, or situations involving the risk of lifetime injury or disability, transfers to Australia should be avoided,” he had said.
Senator Keneally said the ­directive “effectively stopped medical transfers to Australia”, leading to a fall of 92 per cent.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • DT 03/12/2019, 6:03 am

    Transfer to New Zealand and failed to meet asylum seeker requirements illegal immigrants become citizens of New Zealand and then are free to travel to Australia.

    Isn’t it very clear now that a Labor Government would abandon Operation Sovereign Borders, as they abandoned Pacific Solution when led by PM Rudd?

  • PeterW 03/12/2019, 7:14 am

    Time we had visas to and from NZ.
    If this medivac law goes through then Lambie’s electorate should become the dumping ground for the scum.

    • DT 03/12/2019, 7:22 am

      The Burnie Bill?

    • Disgruntled 03/12/2019, 8:28 am

      Fully agree Pete, with both your comments.
      Hey isn’t that Senator Keneally a@#@hole a horrible piece of work. Her and Phelps as peas in a pod!! If the opposition front bench think she is only partly acceptable it makes ALL of them assholes as well!!! Hope they keep her on, good for the next election.

    • Cliff 03/12/2019, 6:54 pm

      You’re on the money with that suggestion, PeterW. The Kiwi public should be clearly informed why this measure has been introduced and CLEARLY told that it is their (or Winston Peters’) fault for electing the woman currently leading them.

  • Aktosplatz 03/12/2019, 8:30 am

    The Medivac idea of Phelps was just a deliberate loophole to Open the Borders as medical facilities offshore are well covered.

    These so-called ‘asylum seekers’ are nothing of the sort. The real asylum seekers are waiting in UNHCR camps. These so-called asylum seekers on these offshore islands were wealthy people who bribed people smugglers to jump the queue.

    Where you go from there is difficult. I don’t like the idea of permanent incarceration on Manu or Christmas Island.

    They should be sent to UNHCR Camps in exchange for genuine refugees who have languished there for much longer, and are real reffos (otherwise they would not be there in the first place).

    • DT 03/12/2019, 9:01 am

      I read and heard stories about the UNHCR refugee camps in Pakistan where huge numbers of genuine refugees from Afghanistan were given asylum, and repatriated when the UN believed it was safe for them to return home.

      And about the economic refugees or country shoppers who ignored the safety of UNHCR Pakistan and hired people smugglers to get them to Australia via Indonesia where Muslims can enter without a visa.

  • Penguinite 03/12/2019, 8:58 am

    I blame Malcolm Turnbull and his son! They facilitated this whole rotten business. Hope Trump is acquainted with Turnbull’s true thoughts on his Presidency and removes Turnbull’s access to the USA!

    • Cliff 03/12/2019, 6:56 pm

      God no, don’t suggest that. Every day he spends in the USA is a day he isn’t here. That’s a huge plus for Australia.

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