Medivac bill would make doctors a threat to national security, warns govt

Dr Kerryn Phelps' bill is due to go before Parliament when it returns next week

Granting doctors more power to evacuate asylum seekers out of offshore detention facilities would jeopardise national security, the federal government has warned.


Independent MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has introduced legislation into Federal Parliament to scale back the power of any immigration minister to deny requests from treating doctors to transfer patients to the mainland.

The bill, which has passed the Senate and is due to go before the House of Representatives when it returns next Tuesday, has the backing of Labor, the Greens