From: RAR Australia <>
Subject: Medevac legislation has been repealed
Date: 4 December 2019 at 12:29:42 PM AEDT

This morning (4 Dec) the Medevac Bill was repealed with a secret deal between Senator Jacqui Lambie and the Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister.  Through this secrecy, democracy and transparency have been ignored.  The repeal legislation passed with the support of Senators Lambie, One Nation and Cory Bernardi. 

However, the ultimate responsibility for the repeal of the Medevac Bill is Prime Minister Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Dutton.  They are responsible for the lack of care for the people in offshore detention now that Medevac is repealed. Senator Keneally tried to introduce an amendment so that people already approved or in process for medical evacuation could proceed, but this was defeated.

We have received a message from a detainee in offshore detention:

The decision of the Australian Government to repeal the Medevac Bill is devastating to all of us in Nauru and Papua and New Guinea.  This same Government has kept us trapped for so many years.  So many of us are so very sick.  The Australian Government has destroyed our health and our freedom and now they must take responsibility for the terrible impact I am fearful of – that more people will die and all the Parliamentarians who voted to repeal Medevac will be responsible.

We have all lobbied and campaigned for months.  But now is not the time to stand back in sadness and defeat.  We ask you to encourage all your members to phone Minister Dutton and Prime Minister Morrison and say:

Shame on the repeal of the Bill and that it is particularly heartless to deny people already in the Medevac process access to medical treatment.

Prime Minister Morrison: 02 6277 7700

Minister Peter Dutton: 02 6277 7860.

We will never give up!  We speak for thousands of people in rural and regional Australia!


Louise Redmond
National PresidentRural Australians for Refugees on Twitter and Facebook 
RAR is a member of the Australian Refugee Action Network

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