Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Senator Hinch backed the bill in the Senate late previous year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who had staunchly opposed the bill, responded by saying the measure could undermine national security, offering a preview of what is likely to be his campaign pitch, and the election's central issue.

Legislation has only been passed in the House against a government's will in 1929, 1941, 1962 and 2013.

Crossbench Senator Derryn Hinch this morning gave his support to the laws, which have just passed through the Senate 36 votes to 34.

As part of the response, the government will quickly reopen the Christmas Island facility which was mothballed in October 2018. They said delays in medical treatment had cost asylum seekers' lives and left others at risk of blindness or kidney failure.

The proposal called for a specially appointed panel to review medical transfer requests on Manus Island and Nauru, making it harder for the Home Affairs Minister to reject them. Rape victims had endured traumatic late-term abortions.

"We are doing whatever it takes to prevent this bill from becoming law and you will of course see how these processes are going to evolve over the next 24 to 48 hours", he said.

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Sick asylum seekers often have to fight the Australian government in court for permission to be transferred to an Australian hospital.

However, refugee advocates have attacked the current system for being too opaque, with decisions on transfers taking too long, in some cases months, despite people requiring urgent medical attention.

Because it was the most prison-like of Australia's immigration centres, Christmas Island had been repurposed in recently years to house foreign criminals who had completed sentences in Australian jails and were fighting deportation.

Under the previous system, the Minister for Home Affairs, now Peter Dutton, had final say over all proposed medical transfers.

Under a harsh policy meant to deter asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat, Canberra sends arrivals to the camps for processing and barred them from resettling in Australia.

"With the last few children leaving Nauru and the provision of adequate medical care now in sight, we are hopefully witnessing an end to the race to the bottom on refugee policy", said Mr Glendenning.

If approved, the person will be brought to the detention camp on Christmas Island, which is an Australian territory closer to Indonesia than the mainland, for treatment. "It is not Australian to have people in our care and not treat them properly and fairly", he said.

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