Monday, 27 November 2017
Questions without Notice
Again, Senator McKim, what you have said is political rhetoric, nothing more and nothing less, and it is not supported by any of the facts. In relation to the health services that are being provided on Manus Island, Senator McKim, you were actually encouraging the residents to stay in accommodation that did not have food, that did not have electricity and that did not have water. You were the person who was actively encouraging them to do that. We, on the other hand, wanted them—and they now all have, I'm very pleased to advise the Senate—moved to the alternative accommodation, which now has all of those facilities.
In relation to the health care, Senator McKim, you would be well aware, because you have been up to Manus Island four times, that International Health and Medical Services continues to provide health care to both refugees and failed asylum seekers in PNG's Manus province from a clinic base at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre. You would also be aware that health care is available at Lorengau hospital.