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Australian PM seeks to block bill on ill asylum seekers

IANS  |  Canberra 

Australia's campaigned on Monday to block a bill that would allow ill asylum seekers in offshore centres get treatment in the country.

The is expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday. According to Morrison, the bill would "take control from the government" and "unleash a world of woe".

"The problem with the bill is it takes control from the government and contracts it out to others who don't have those same interests or responsibilities," he was quoted as saying by the

has sent asylum seekers who arrive by boat to detention centres on the Pacific islands of and

The country's tough immigration policy has been repeatedly criticised. The detention centre on has been dogged by allegations of widespread abuse and trauma among children and women.

Slamming the proposal, which was passed in the last year with the support of the opposition Labour Party, said it would lead to deaths at sea. "They have no idea of the consequences of what they are playing with. They will unleash a world of woe again."

Under the proposed changes, doctors would have the power to transfer refugees on and to for treatment. However, the can ask an independent panel to review the medical assessment and would have the authority to overrule it, the reported.

also voiced his opposition to the bill.

Meanwhile, thousands of doctors signed a petition calling for the bill to be passed. They called it "a which allows doctors to take care of their patients if they need urgent care not available on Nauru or Manus".

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 15:40 IST
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