refugee medical review panel

At the top of the week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was courting the crossbench, seemingly in an attempt to avoid a humiliating and historic loss in the House of Representatives and the possibility of a snap election. The legislation that puts them in this predicament is Kerryn Phelps’ Migration Amendment (Urgent Medical Treatment) Bill. 

Morrison's proposed response would nominally address two of the major points in the bill. Firstly, removing the last children in detention on Nauru (the final four will soon be in the US); secondly, establishing an independent medical review panel to assess cases among refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru or Manus and, if necessary, recommend immediate transfer to Australia.