Victory: Dr Kerryn Phelps’ medivac bill to become law

The reform means doctors will have more power over medical transfers of asylum-seekers in offshore detention
Geir O'Rourke Australian Associated Press
Dr Kerryn Phelps
(from left) MPs Dr Kerryn Phelps, Julia Banks and Rebekha Sharkie react after the passing of the medivac bill. Photo: AAP

Doctors will have greater powers to evacuate asylum-seekers currently held in Australia’s offshore detention centres after Dr Kerryn Phelps’ medivac bill finally passed federal parliament.

The changes, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, would allow “rapists, murderers and paedophiles” into the country, according to the Coalition’s Senate leader Mathias Cormann.