Refugees are encouraged to harm themselves on Manus Island and Nauru so that they are flown to Australia for treatment, claims Peter Dutton
- Refugees detained offshore are encouraged to self-harm, Peter Dutton claims
- Injured refugees can be transferred to mainland Australia for treatment
- Dutton is trying to repeal legislation that gives doctors more say in transfers
Refugees are encouraged to self-harm so that they can come to Australia for medical treatment, says Interior Minister Peter Dutton.
Dutton has accused refugee defenders of advising refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to injure themselves in an attempt to take advantage of medical evacuation laws.
& # 39; People have come to our country, people have harmed themselves on the advice of some refugee groups or lawyers; people have harmed themselves in significant numbers & # 39 ;, he told the 2GB radio in Sydney on Thursday.
& # 39; They did so because of this bill (medical evacuation) that Labor has introduced. & # 39;
Refugees detained offshore are being encouraged to harm themselves to benefit from medical evacuation laws, Interior Minister Peter Dutton claims
The so-called Medevac laws that went against the wishes of the Morrison government earlier this year gave doctors more control over the transfer of sick refugees who were detained for medical treatment in Australia.
Dutton is now trying to repeal the legislation.
Only four of the 111 asylum seekers who were legally transferred to Australia have been admitted to hospital for treatment.
& # 39; And from today there are none at all in the hospital & # 39 ;, Dutton said.
& # 39; People realize this is a scandal. & # 39;
The laws allow the minister to refuse medical transfers based on national security.
Dutton has accused refugee defenders from advising refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to injure themselves so that they can be flown to Australia for treatment
But Mr Dutton claims that he is dealing with a request from a man who is seriously concerned about safety.
"There is nothing on the legal advice that I have that I can do regarding that issue, and we are forced to take these people," he said.
A nation leader, Pauline Hanson, has accused the government of not doing enough to prevent people from abusing the Medevac legislation.
& # 39; The government lied to us … they didn't have a hard time, & # 39; she told 2GB radio in a separate interview.
& # 39; It is an absolute farce and the government is weak about that. & # 39;
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