Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Minister for Health. The Minister for Home Affairs said that Australians who were in waiting lines as public hospitals would be, 'kicked off those waiting lines because people from Nauru and Manus are now going to access those health services'. Minister, did that happen?
The significant thing that has happened is this government took steps through the Prime Minister to make sure that there wasn't a waiting list of people coming to the mainland. That was what the Prime Minister did when he opened up Christmas Island. That was a significant step in making sure that we did not encounter the very problem that the Minister for Home Affairs warned about. The Minister for Home Affairs identified the problem and the Prime Minister solved it.