Template Parliamentary Submission: MedEvac Repeal Bill
In the very first sitting of Parliament, on 4 July Peter Dutton introduced the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 ("MedEvac Repeal Bill"). The repeal legislation will now proceed to an inquiry by the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Legislative Committee, which will report back to Parliament on 18 October. Members of the public can make submissions to the inquiry until 16 August.
It is crucial that we use this time to advocate in against repealing the MedEvac Law. The Government has the numbers to pass the repeal in the Lower House. However, in the Senate, Labor, the Greens and the Centre Alliance have made clear that they do not support the repeal. One Nation and the Australian Conservatives have indicated they support repeal.
This means that Senator Jacqui Lambie in the Senate will be the key cross-bench vote that the Government will need to repeal the law. We all need to write to Senator Lambie urgently to implore her not to support the Bill. We also need to make submissions to the Senate inquiry, to show that ordinary Australians want the MedEvac Law to remain. Its time for our voices to be heard - don't be silent on this critical issue.