Australia passes bill on treatment for sick refugeesWorld | Feb 12, 2019 19:32
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative government argues that the bill, passed 75 to 74 by the House of Representatives today, will undermine Australia's tough refugee policy. The policy banishes asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat to camps on the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
The bill would allow doctors instead of bureaucrats to decide which asylum seekers in the camps can fly to Australia for medical treatment. It is likely to be made law by the Senate tomorrow. -AP. Photo: ABC, Australia/ Department of Immigration and Citizenship.