Medevac repeal bill passes Lower House

Medevac repeal bill passes Lower House

The Government has cleared the first hurdle to repealing the asylum seeker medical evacuation (medevac) provisions attached to the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2019.

The so called medevac repeal bill sailed through the Lower House on Thursday — courtesy of the Morrison Government’s majority.

However, the Coalition now needs to contend with a tougher Senate, where a committee will scrutinise the bill before it is debated in November.

With Labor and most of the crossbench supporting the medevac legislation, the success or failure of the repeal bill will likely come down to Tasmanian crossbencher, Senator Jacqui Lambie.

The medevac provisions were passed earlier this year despite fierce opposition from the Government, which claimed the legislation would lead to an influx of “boats”.

The legislation gives doctors more power in bringing asylum seekers held in offshore detention to Australia while retaining government’s ultimate authority on any transfers.

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