Essential Report

Medivac Bill

Feb 26, 2019

Q. Last week, the Federal Parliament passed legislation to allow doctors, not politicians, to determine the appropriate medical treatment offered to people in offshore detention. This may include medical evacuation (Medivac) transfer to Australia if necessary.
Which of the following statements most closely aligns with your views of this legislation?

Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 15% 16% 15% 21% 15% 12%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 38% 41% 35% 43% 39% 32%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 30% 31% 30% 16% 27% 47%
Unsure 16% 12% 20% 20% 20% 9%

 A plurality of respondents said that the legislation struck the right balance between strong borders and humane treatment (38%), while 15% said it did not go far enough to protect people in offshore detention, and 30% said it will weaken our borders.

Those most likely to think the measure did not go far enough to provide humane treatment for those in offshore detention were Greens voters (45%), Labor voters (21%), and those aged 18-34 (21%).

Those most likely to think that the measure would weaken our borders were “Other voters” (48% agree), Coalition voters (47%) and those aged 55+ (47%).

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 15% 21% 5% 45% 10%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 38% 48% 35% 34% 30%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 30% 14% 47% 8% 48%
Unsure 16% 16% 13% 13% 12%

 

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