Tasmanian Times

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Medivac Bill

The House of Representatives has taken a major step forward towards human decency and compassion with the passage of the Medivac Bill.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said:

“Today is an important day for the many people fighting for a return to a compassionate, caring Australia.”

“For too long, Parliament has been debating whether sick people on Manus Island and Nauru deserve to have access to the critical medical care that they need. They do. This isn’t a question of politics or constitutional law, it’s a question of whether we show decency to our fellow human beings.”

“Last year showed that we could work together to make the lives of refugees better, but today, it almost fell apart.

“After weeks of conservative pressure, Bill Shorten buckled, making changes that could have made the situation worse for refugees – but pressure from the Greens forced him to come back to the negotiating table and make changes for the better. Our negotiations were critical, with this bill passing the House of Representatives in an historic vote.”

Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said:

“This is a big win for compassion and basic decency. It is also a body blow for the politics of fear.”

“The Greens will continue working until every single person detained on Manus Island and Nauru is brought here to Australia.”

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