Medivac Bill

Sep 17, 2019

Q. Earlier this year, 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 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 23% 22% 23% 31% 18% 21%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 41% 45% 37% 43% 42% 39%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 21% 20% 21% 10% 19% 31%
Unsure 16% 13% 19% 17% 21% 9%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 23% 32% 12% 50% 21%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 41% 42% 49% 32% 38%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 21% 13% 27% 7% 33%
Unsure 16% 13% 12% 11% 9%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161

 

  Sep’19 Feb’19
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 23% 15%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 41% 38%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 21% 30%
Unsure 16% 16%
Base 1,093 1,085
  • Two-fifths of participants (41%) 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%).
  • The perception that the legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past has decreased since Feb’19 to now one-fifth (now 21%, was 30%) of participants. At the same time the belief that this legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention has increased from 15% in Feb’19 to 23%.
  • More Coalition voters (49%), men (45%) and participants living in capital cities (44%) believe that this legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention.
  • Whereas, Labor (32%) and Greens (50%) voters, younger (18-34, 31%) and university educated participants (31%) believe this does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention.

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