Medical treatment for refugees

If our border protection regime relies on
denying people the medical assistance they need, then there’s a problem with the policy. What the bill that passed the Senate – the
Greens’ bill that passed the Senate and is now before the House does is says that if
a doctor assesses that someone can’t get the help that they need, the medical treatment
that they need, on one of those offshore prison camps, then they should get it in Australia. That should be the underlying principle behind
anything that we do – and that is that people who are innocent, who are doing nothing other
than fleeing persecution, that we have a legal obligation to provide them with the help and
treatment that they need. So the bottom line is: if denying people medical
treatment violates our policy, then our policy is wrong.