Last week, the Australian Parliament passed the Medical Treatment Bill, despite the extreme opposition by the Morrison government. This Bill is intended to expedite the evacuation of people in Australia’s offshore detention regime on Nauru and Manus who are in need of urgent medical care that is not available in either location. This is a positive development and reflects the shift in community attitude in support of ending the offshore detention of those on Manus and Nauru.
Despite this shift, the Morrison government is doing everything possible to impede the operation of the legislation. It is clear that the government will use scaremongering about border protection and refugees as a key plank in their election strategy. It is critical that we continue to stand firm in our campaign to rid Australia of these current destructive policies and bring compassion to how we respond to people seeking our protection.