Nov 25, 2019

Transcript of Doorstop – Canberra – Monday, 25, November 2019

SUBJECTS: Medevac legislation; Ensuring Integrity Bill; National Integrity Commission.

ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: Have a look at what the Government said would happen if Medevac was passed. Was that true? No is the answer. The fact is the legislation has operated smoothly. Where the Minister has had objections, those objections have been upheld by and large. And the truth is it hasn’t undermined border protection. What it’s done is just put in place a common sense regime whereby people who need medical assistance have been able to get it.

JOURNALIST: (Inaudible). Is that something that Labor will be supporting? And does Labor have its own tactics and (inaudible) on this legislation?

ALBANESE: Well, look, we’ll look at all amendments. But we want to defeat this legislation because it’s bad legislation. It can’t be made better. There is, of course, a hypocrisy in the Government, which has said that it would have the National Integrity Commission in place by this time now. And that hasn’t happened. So that on the one hand, they’ve been hopeless when it comes to the having a National Integrity Commission, it’s all too hard for them. But they are too busy pursuing unions. And I think there’s a fair point to be made about the hypocrisy in the Government’s position. Thanks very much.