Stakeholders respond to medevac law repeal

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The Get Up group is disappointed Jacqui Lambie backed the government's repeal of medevac laws

Politicians, advocates and medical experts have responded to the repeal of refugee medical evacuation laws.

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PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON

"We've always understood that that type of loophole doesn't strengthen our borders, it only weakens them."

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DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

"A lifeline has been ripped from the hands of people whose only crime may have been seeking safety from persecution."

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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT TONY BARTONE

"I'm not worried about the politics of this issue, I'm worried about the people, the patients here at the centre of this system."

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HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER PETER DUTTON

"This was always a law that was always about getting people here through the back door and today we've closed that back door."

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HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CENTRE

"Today is a shameful day for Australia ... We have seen our politicians once again disregard the safety of the women and men it has deliberately kept trapped in offshore detention."

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SENATOR JACQUI LAMBIE

"I put up a proposal for the government to work with me on ... When I say I can't discuss it publicly due to national security concerns, I am being 100 per cent honest to you."

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PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON

"The only undertaking we've given is to implement our policies, that is it."

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LABOR HOME AFFAIRS SPOKESWOMAN KRISTINA KENEALLY

"I say to Senator Lambie, I sincerely hope the deal is something you can live with and I sincerely hope it's one that does deliver something good for the people on Manus and Nauru."

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GREENS LEADER RICHARD DI NATALE

"Mandatory detention relies on secrecy and today we saw the parliament enshrine that even further ...This is a middle finger to the Australian Parliament."

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CENTRE ALLIANCE SENATOR STIRLING GRIFF

"These are life-saving laws and no deal can justify over-turning them. Because of this government, Australia is slowly losing its heart."

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GETUP

"The political debate has been dominated by fear and lies spread vindictively by this government, it is disappointing that it's led to politicians like Senator Lambie voting for the repeal."