The passing of the medical transfers bill is wonderful news for sick asylum seekers and refugees incarcerated in Nauru and on Manus Island. While offshore processing remains systemically cruel and illegal, at least this reform goes some genuine way to limit the cruelty and provide an alternative pathway to the court system.

Today’s vote is also a triumph for our democratic system because the Parliament worked as it should. A majority of members represented their communities and worked cooperatively in the public interest.

But this is just the beginning. The inhumanity and illegality will only ever be fully remedied when offshore processing is abolished, and when we’ve put an end to the other diabolical elements of Labor and Liberal policy like mandatory detention, towbacks and temporary visas.



Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart