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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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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Scott Morrison leads PR sortie to reopened Christmas Island | Australia news

Scott Morrison has indicated it is possible that asylum seekers with serious medical emergencies will continue to be treated in Australia, while taking a pool of reporters to Christmas Island to showcase the facilities the government has reopened at an estimated cost of $1.4bn over four years. The prime minister led reporters on a tour […]

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The medevac bill is law: what does that mean for ailing offshore refugees? | Australia news

When the medevac bill – which on Friday became law – passed parliament, it was intended to create a streamlined process to get sick refugees and asylum seekers into the medical care they needed in Australia, because it wasn’t available on Manus Island or Nauru. The government expressed concerns the bill could lead to weakened […]

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Sixty per cent of voters support medevac bill, GetUp poll finds | Australia news

Almost 60% of voters support the recently passed medevac bill to more easily get critically ill people access to medical care, a new poll has revealed. The poll, conducted on Thursday, also found majority support in the electorates of both Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott, and overwhelming support among undecided voters. The polling was done […]

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Australia’s offshore contracts: how millions were spent for dubious outcomes | Australia news

Benham Satah knows Manus better than most. A Kurdish refugee, Satah has been there six years, stuck on an island prison despite having committed no crime. He was there when Paladin, a little-known security outfit, took over a $423m deal to provide services to asylum seekers. Satah has met with Paladin’s leaders and heard the […]

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Coalition claims medical evacuation bill has ‘drafting error’ – politics live | Australia news

The commodities trader Glencore has bowed to pressure from shareholders, including the Church of England, to limit coal production for environmental reasons – days after reporting that it produced nearly 130m tonnes of the fossil fuel last year. The Switzerland-based firm, whose oil-trading operation is based in London, laid out plans to improve its environmental […]

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Wayne Swan warns against a resurgence of dog-whistle politics in valedictory speech | World news

The former Labor deputy prime minister Wayne Swan has used his final speech to parliament to warn against a resurgence of what he termed “American race-based, dog-whistle politics”, arguing democracies work best when they exhibit moral force. Referring to the resurgence of a partisan debate about border protection, Swan told parliament on Tuesday night he […]

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Labor pushes for vote on medical evacuation bill in Senate – politics live | Australia news

The government, unsurprisingly, will not be supporting the motion. Mathias Cormann: What this motion by the Labor Party shows to the Australian people, is just how cocky, how reckless, how irresponsible and how weak Bill Shorten is as Leader of the Labour Party. Bill Shorten is demonstrating to all Australians that he does not have […]

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