Politics with Michelle Grattan

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Kerryn Phelps on medical transfer numbers

Phelps has only been in parliament since she won the Wentworth by-election but she has got one big win under her belt. Lukas Coch/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Kerryn Phelps on medical transfer numbers

Kerryn Phelps on the medical transfers bill.

Independent MP Kerryn Phelps, who set the ball rolling for the medical transfers legislation, says its passage is “a remarkable exercise in cooperation”.

Phelps says that of the about 1000 people on Manus and Nauru “around 70 people require urgent medical evacuation” and “another couple of hundred will require transfer but not as urgently”.

She describes Scott Morrison’s proposal to reopen the Christmas Island detention facility as a “political statement”.

“What we need to do is to have a regional resettlement option for people who are currently on Manus and Nauru so they don’t have to become so sick that they have to be transferred to Australia to await resettlement somewhere else.”


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