Medivac Bill

Nov 26, 2019

Q. Earlier this year, the Federal Parliament passed legislation to allow doctors, not politicians, more say in determining 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?

Nov’19 Sep’19 Feb’19
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 25% 23% 16%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 37% 41% 38%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 22% 20% 30%
Unsure 17% 18% 16%
Base (n) 1,083 1,093 1,085

  

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 25% 24% 26% 28% 26% 21%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 37% 39% 35% 42% 34% 35%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 22% 23% 20% 10% 21% 33%
Unsure 17% 14% 19% 20% 20% 11%
Base (n) 1,083 527 556 329 369 385

 

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 25% 33% 15% 51% 19%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 37% 38% 44% 29% 27%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 22% 14% 29% 6% 39%
Unsure 17% 15% 12% 15% 15%
Base (n) 1,083 342 373 93 162
  • A quarter of people (25%) believe that the Medivac legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention. This has increased from earlier this year in February, when just 16% believed so.
  • 37% believe that the Medivac legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention – the same level as in Feb’19 (38%).

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