TRUE FACTS ABOUT MEDEVAC YOU WON’T HEAR PETER DUTTON SAY

07 November 2019

SENATOR THE HON KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 
TRUE FACTS ABOUT MEDEVAC YOU WON’T HEAR PETER DUTTON SAY
 
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is so incompetent that he doesn’t even know what powers he has, as the responsible Minister, under Medevac.
 
In the wake of the reports this morning and in a spirit of bipartisanship, here are some completely accurate and fact-based responses the Home Affairs Minister can use today when asked about Medevac. Take it away, Peter!
 
“All Medevac transfers to Australia do so with my permission or the permission of doctors I have appointed.”
 
“I have extensive powers to refuse a Medevac transfer on national security and character grounds, with no appeal. I have used these powers before and I can use them again.”
 
“If a person doesn’t require medical treatment, the Independent Health Advice Panel would deny the transfer.”
 
“All Medevac transferees must be detained in immigration detention by law, unless I approve their release from detention. This is designed to keep the Australian community safe.”
 
“Medevac transfers are for a temporary purpose and I have the ability to return a transfer to a Regional Processing Country at any time.”
 
In fact, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton isn’t even sure if he or Immigration Minister David Coleman are responsible for medical transfers under Medevac.
 
Sky News, 20 June 2019
DUTTON: Mr. Coleman’s obviously had this area of responsibility for a period of time, and I’ve taken it back since the machinery of government changes – since the election.
 
Sky News, 22 October 2019
DUTTON: Well, in some cases, you can, but look, I don't make decisions about, you know, those issues.
SPEERS: Who does?
DUTTON: Minister Coleman does, because he's the Immigration Minister.
 
Labor supports the current Medevac laws because they allow sick people to get the medical care they need and ensure the Government, or Government-appointed doctors, control who comes to Australia.
 
Every claim Peter Dutton has made about Medevac are not backed up by the facts.