'Secret deal' to repeal medevac, says Penny Wong

'Secret deal' to repeal medevac, says Penny Wong

'Secret deal' to repeal medevac, says Penny Wong

However, there have been conflicting accounts of what took place as Government Senate leader Mathias Cormann has denied that any deal had been made.

The Medevac Bill, which passed despite the Morrison Government's best efforts to kill it dead at the time.

Lambie had indicated previously that her vote for the repeal would be conditional on the government meeting a condition which she would not specify.

It secured the support of a key independent lawmaker, Jacqui Lambie, to get the numbers in the Senate on Wednesday.

A teary Lambie told the Senate "I'm not being coy or silly when I say I genuinely can't say what I proposed".

It cancels the medevac laws pushed through by the opposition in February that eased the transfer of sick refugees to Australia from offshore detention in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

"I'm not anxious about the politics of this issue, I'm anxious about the people, the patients here at the centre of this system", he told the National Press Club. I don't like holding things back like this.

'My hand is on my heart and I can stand here and say that I would be putting at risk Australia's national security and national interest if I said anything else about this'.

The request was then considered by the Minister for Home Affairs, who could deny this on national security grounds or if they have concerns on serious character grounds.

Ms Lambie argued the law "was not a national security threat", but said it gave too much discretion to doctors.

"Labor took a decision to weaken our border protection policies and we've taken a decision today to strengthen our border protection policies", he said.

"And as a result of that work, I am satisfied, I am more than satisfied, that the conditions are now in place to allow medevac to be repealed".

Cormann had claimed there would be "no change" in the government's stance, in shooting down claims of a deal with Lambie. "Who's lying, minister Cormann?"

Prior to the vote, Senator Lambie became emotional as she explained the reason for her decision.

When twice asked if the government's existing policy included resettling refugees to New Zealand once the United States resettlement deal was exhausted, Morrison said: "The government's policy is to ensure that we seek to resettle people who are on Nauru". It was "extremely hard for her. ..."

Labor and the Greens demanded the terms of any deal be made public before the Senate votes on repeal legislation to overturn the laws.

"The Labor Party thinks that whenever we are able to persuade anyone, the Labor Party just assumes there must be some secret deal", he said.

Labor's shadow home affairs minister, Kristina Keneally, called on the government to release details of the undertakings it had given to Lambie. She said medevac had nothing to do with Operation Sovereign Borders which Labor supported. "Since medevac, not one person has passed away", Mr McKim said.

Since 2013, the nation has sent asylum seekers arriving by boat to detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

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