Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

PM open to sending Nauru refugees to NZ

PM open to sending Nauru refugees to NZ

He made the comments after three Federal Liberal MPs pleaded with him to take children and their families off Nauru so they could receive proper medical care, the ABC reported.

"A replacement senior medical officer is already in Nauru, there has been no impact on the services provided to transferees", the IHMS spokesperson told AAP.

Scott Morrison's government is under renewed pressure to remove children from Nauru.

The senior medical officer was contracted by the Australian government to look after the health of refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru.

A One Nation spokesman indicated the party was inclined to support the bill, noting both major parties had promised people on Manus Island and Nauru would never come to Australia.

Mr Morrison said in Parliament: "We will continue to treat every single case based on the medical advice that is received, and transfers are undertaken on the basis of that medical advice".

The Department of Home Affairs said it was a matter for IHMS and the government of Nauru, but stressed there had been no interruption to medical care.

The Greens have called for asylum seekers to be settled in Australia.

The Australian Medical Association's paediatric representative Paul Bauert said significant damage had been inflicted on children held there.

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The group said at least 78 patients it had seen in detention over the past year had contemplated suicide or self harm. MSF has then released a statement, saying it "strongly condemned" the Nauru's government for stopping its doctors from giving much-needed medical and mental health care.

"We were particularly shocked by the many children suffering from traumatic withdrawal syndrome, where their status deteriorated to the extent they were unable to eat, drink, or even walk to the toilet".

Families, a parent or guardian would be transferred to Australia while the child underwent treatment.

He said Labor and the crossbench had refused to support the necessary legislation.

Mr Morrison has flagged his intention to accept New Zealand's long-standing offer on the condition the Senate passes a law banning the 150 refugees from ever gaining any visa to enter Australia.

She insisted the government hadn't only become open to the plan after political pressure from its own ranks or ahead of the Wentworth by-election. The legislation has been stuck since November 2016.

The shadow cabinet resolved on Monday night to draft a private member's bill overhauling current processes to make the health of children the primary consideration when determining a temporary medical transfer from offshore detention.

Senator Payne said today there were "very different arrangements between the United States and New Zealand in terms of entry into Australia".

Greens leader Richard Di Natale called on the government to put "an end to this humanitarian crisis".

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