The Prime Minister’s proposed change to medical assessment for people in offshore detention is nothing more than a shuffling of administrative deck chairs, Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.
"This proposal will leave the Minister with the final say on whether people receive the medical treatment they need," Senator McKim said.
"There are people in PNG and Nauru people in dire need of medical treatment in Australia who are currently being denied that support by the government, and the PM’s proposal will do nothing to change that unacceptable situation."
"This is nothing more than an attempt to muddy our domestic political waters rather than actually improve medical treatment for people who are suffering terribly."
"The PM’s thought bubble is no substitute for the Greens-crossbench Bill currently before the Parliament."