Fools rush in on Shorten/Phelps' Medevac bill

February 21, 2019

The federal government is concerned that asylum seekers who leave Manus Island or Nauru for medical treatment may never go back due to a legal loophole.

The folly of Bill Shorten's rushed Labor/Greens medevac legislation, supported by leftist-independent MP Kerryn Phelps has been exposed - as Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi warned late last year.

SBS reports, warnings that asylum seekers transferred to Australia for medical treatment will not be able to be sent back to detention on Manus Island and Nauru have been ignored.

Attorney-General Christian Porter has blamed poor drafting of medical evacuation laws passed last week against the government's will for the loophole.

Mr Porter said changes to medical evacuation rules had given asylum seekers a one-way ticket to leave offshore processing.

"Our best advice, very sadly at the moment, is that once someone arrives at the request of two doctors we will not be able to send them back," Mr Porter said.

Under the new regime, two doctors can recommend asylum seekers currently on Manus Island or Nauru be transferred to Australian territory for treatment.

The government intends to send people to the reopened Christmas Island detention centre, off Western Australia, rather than bring them to the Australian mainland.

The attorney-general said the government was "scrambling" to find a way to close the loophole but was yet to resolve the issue.

The latest consequence of the rushed legislation demonstrates why the Senate needs to be re-taken by principled, common sense Conservative representatives who understand the importance of the Senate doing its job properly. Senator Cory Bernardi stood strong playing a lone hand on the last sitting day of 2018 assisting the government in opposing amendments by independent SA senator Tim Storer to a government bill, creating the medevac monster. Labor implicitly conceded the bill had been rushed by moving amendments in the House of Representatives to address errors identified over the Christmas break.

Senator Bernardi told the Senate during the late 2018 debate that if Labor is elected, far worse is to come from Labor, the Greens and the left-wing independents.

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