Judge lambasts Australia over Nauru refugee's treatment
July 7, 2019 8:37 am
An Australia federal court judge has ruled that a refugee on Nauru must be transferred to Australa for urgent medical treatment by next Friday.
In a ruling on Friday Judge Debra Mortimer noted Canberra had not complied with a court order on June 14 to transfer the applicant to Australia for medical and psychiatric treatment not available on Nauru.
Legislation giving doctors more power to decide whether asylum seekers should come to Australia – known as the medevac bill – passed through Parliament in an historic defeat for the government in February.
Judge Mortimer said the respondents are aware the applicant’s condition is deteriorating, the risk to his health and safety is increasing, and that there are issues with the medication proposed he be given on Nauru.
But the ABC reported the Australian Government has insisted the decision on whether he can travel or not must be made by authorities in Nauru.