Medevac hopes are dashed by Coalition's cowardice and legal sophistry

As each refugee attracts $50,000 a year in visa fees alone, and Nauru depends on the processing centre for a large part of its income, it is easy to see why requests may be declined. Quite apart from the Nauruans viewing any outside (IHMS) suggestions as a slur on their facilities and staff expertise, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton know full well that they can now direct concerns about refugees’ health to a country that could simply refuse to respond.