Keneally backs medevac laws after Dutton claims Labor may help repeal bill | Australia news

Kristina Keneally has reaffirmed Labor’s support for the medevac legislation after Peter Dutton claimed the opposition is looking to repeal or amend the law which facilitates medical transfers from offshore detention. On Sunday the home affairs minister said that more than 30 people have come to Australia under the medevac bill and gave new details […]

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Labor’s new leadership team stays firm in support of medevac law | Australia news

Labor’s new leadership team has flagged it will stay firm in its support of controversial medevac legislation, which allows sick refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be evacuated to Australia. While the government’s push to repeal the law still needs to be debated by the Labor caucus and shadow cabinet, the new leader, Anthony […]

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Where does the Coalition’s re-election leave refugees on Manus and Nauru? | Australia news

Asylum seekers and refugees say the mental health of those on Manus Island, in Port Moresby and Nauru has deteriorated dramatically, with many citing the re-election of Australia’s Coalition government as a tipping point. With no change in government policy expected, what is the situation in Australia’s offshore detention system, and what are the prospects […]

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Australia returns 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers after boat intercepted | Australia news

A boat carrying 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers has been intercepted on its way to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack have confirmed authorities intercepted the boat last week and the asylum seekers had been returned to Sri Lanka. According to reports in the Australian, the vessel, which was […]

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Peter Dutton’s department regains control of refugee settlement services | Australia news

Peter Dutton and the home affairs department have regained responsibility for refugee settlement services and migrant adult education. The administrative changes were made on Wednesday, accompanying the swearing-in of ministers appointed by Scott Morrison following his post-election reshuffle. Refugee support groups have criticised the move, citing the home affairs department’s border security focus, but the […]

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Medevac law repeal a priority, Coalition says, as self-harm rises among refugees | Australia news

The re-elected Coalition government is pushing forward with plans to repeal the medical evacuation laws amid a spike in suicide attempts and self-harm among offshore refugees and asylum seekers. After the federal election on Saturday, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has identified repealing the legislation as a priority. The medevac bill sets out conditions by […]

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How Australia ended up taking in Rwandans accused of killing tourists | Australia news

Just hours out from a federal election, the Australian government is facing questions over its decision to grant humanitarian visas to two Rwandan men accused of the brutal 1999 murder of tourists in Uganda. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has said that the men were subject to – and cleared – security checks, and […]

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Did my patient die because he stayed in the queue and couldn’t speak up for himself? | Ranjana Srivastava | Opinion

“Can you help me understand why that man died when you said he wasn’t as sick as your other patients?” The medical student deserves a neat explanation; instead, her innocent question brings my regrets crashing to the surface as I wonder how best to explain to her the practice of medicine that increasingly comes wrapped […]

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Greens demand hate speech by MPs be stamped out after Christchurch massacre | World news

The Greens have cited the rightwing terrorist attack in Christchurch to renew calls for a parliamentary code of conduct to stamp out hate speech, a push also backed by Australia’s peak Muslim body. Richard Di Natale has written to Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten warning that the extreme rightwing nationalist senator Fraser Anning – who […]

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Australia cancels Milo Yiannopoulos’s visa after Christchurch comments | Australia news

The Australian government has cancelled the visa of far-right commentator Milo Yianopoulos just a week after it was personally approved by the immigration minister. Immigration minister David Coleman said on Saturday that comments made by Yiannopoulos in the wake of the Christchurch massacre were “appalling and foment hatred and division” and he would not be […]

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