Sick refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention will likely be taken to Christmas Island fairly than the Australian mainland if a medical panel recommends they want therapy unavailable on Nauru or Manus Island. Speaking on Monday, division of house affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo advised Senate estimates that “if specialised treatment is only available on the mainland, then the mainland will of course be utilised”. Shire of Christmas Island CEO, David Price, criticised prime minister Scott Morrison’s resolution final week to reopen the Christmas Island detention centre, saying “we just wouldn’t have the capacity here to deal with people coming here for medical reasons, both physically and mentally”. Meanwhile, the Nauruan authorities has banned the medical switch of residents based mostly on the recommendation of on-line consultations. Refugee advocate George Newhouse advised Nine newspapers that the transfer meant “Australia is now unable to comply with its own laws”, and that “this could form the basis of a fresh constitutional challenge to offshore processing”. Opposition chief Bill Shorten signalled Labor wouldn’t oppose the transfer, saying “the issue here is the safe treatment of people within the context of strong borders”.
Finance minister Mathias Cormann has confronted a grilling at Senate estimates over $2730 of free journey he obtained for his household by phoning the chief government of journey company Helloworld. Senate estimates heard on Tuesday that Cormann obtained free household flights to Singapore from Helloworld CEO and Liberal Party treasurer Andrew Burnes. Cormann claimed he didn’t discover when the flights weren’t charged to his bank card, and that he had “absolutely no involvement” in a profitable authorities journey and lodging contract awarded to Helloworld weeks after the bookings had been made. Helloworld chief monetary officer Michael Burnett stated on Tuesday that the tickets “were never intended to be free”, and that Cormann’s card was not charged due to an administrative error.
The aged care royal fee has heard that just about 4000 assaults had been reported in Australian nursing properties within the final monetary 12 months. Speaking on Monday, federal well being division secretary Glenys Beauchamp revealed that 3773 incidents had been logged within the 2017-18 monetary 12 months, not together with incidents through which mentally impaired aged individuals attacked fellow residents. Last week geriatrician Edward Strivens advised the fee aged care staff had been “reaching for the script pads too early”, doubtlessly endangering sufferers by over-prescribing painkillers, antidepressants and sedatives.
The workplace of the Australian Information Commissioner has launched “preliminary enquiries” into the conduct of Liberal MP Tim Wilson over the inquiry he chaired into Labor’s coverage to finish franking credit score rebates. Nine newspapers reported earlier this month that Wilson had handed the personal particulars of people that signed a petition on his government-funded web site, CeaseTheRetirementTax.com, to fund administration agency Wilson Asset Management with out their information. Wilson has been extensively criticised over the inquiry, which was utilized by Liberal politicians to solicit donations and encourage attendees to be part of the get together.
And within the United States, unbiased senator for Vermont, Bernie Sanders, has introduced his candidacy for the Democratic get together presidential nomination in 2020. In an e mail to supporters saying his run, Sanders denounced president Donald Trump as “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction”, and if elected Sanders pledged to create “a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice”. Sanders, 77, enters a crowded Democratic area of fashionable progressives, equivalent to Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and California senator Kamala Harris.