Peter Dutton defends government action on pregnant asylum seeker

Peter Dutton defends government action on pregnant asylum seeker

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has defended the government’s decision to send a pregnant Somali woman back to the immigration detention centre on Nauru.

The 23-year-old asylum seeker was brought to Australia on a charter flight to have an abortion, after allegedly being raped on Nauru, but was soon sent back.

But the federal government claims she then refused the abortion, and was sent back to the island.

But that claim is being disputed by refugee advocates, who argue she was flown back because lawyers were preparing an injunction to prevent her being sent back to Nauru.

In a statement sent to her lawyer George Newhouse, the woman insists she never saw a doctor, and was not provided with a translator to speak to a nurse.

Mr Dutton has accused the lawyers of lying to assist their own case, saying the woman was provided full consultation with doctors and nurses, and a translator was present for all discussions.

“The lady was asked at the end of that whether she wanted a termination, she said no that she didn’t,” Mr Dutton told reporters at Parliament House today.

“Did she want an appointment made the next week, no she didn’t.

“The advice to me was very clear, and it has been detailed to me in quite considerable detail, and the decision was made that the lady should be airlifted back to Nauru on the basis.”

It comes as officials from the Immigration Department and Australian Border Force are facing questioning at a Senate hearing in Canberra today about the matter.

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