Medical evacuation bill passes Parliament

The Parliament has passed the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018.

Feb 26, 2019

The Parliament has passed the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018. The government bill was originally introduced in the House of Representatives in March last year to change several laws relating to migration and customs rules. In December last year, the Senate amended—changed—the bill to allow certain people to be transferred from an immigration detention centre in a regional processing country to Australia for medical treatment.

The bill was further amended in the House of Representatives to strengthen the government’s ability to refuse the transfer of people with serious criminal history, and to increase to 72 hours the time in which the government can respond to a transfer application. In addition, the new rules will only apply to people already in a regional processing country when the new law comes into operation.

The amendments were opposed by the government but agreed to by the opposition and some members of the crossbench in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.