Australia to reopen Christmas Island refugee detention camp

Australia to reopen Christmas Island refugee detention camp

The vote drew cheers from asylum-seeker activists in parliament's public gallery but the upper house must approve the bill before it becomes law, so the defeat, though damaging for the government, does not trigger an immediate election.

This bloc of 75 was enough to pass the bill over the 73 government votes and another vote from Queensland independent Bob Katter.

Labor had of its 69 members as well as support from Greens MP Adam Bandt and independents Julia Banks, Cathy McGowan, Kerryn Phelps, Rebekha Sharkie and Andrew Wilkie.

Changes to Australia's border policy have passed through parliament, as the government warns this will lead to more illegal boat arrivals.

The amended bill, which passed into law in the Senate shortly after Morrison's announcement, hands doctors on Nauru and Manus Island greater power to transfer asylum seekers to Australian medical facilities.

Prime minister Scott Morrison will speak at the National Press Club in Canberra on Monday - where he will argue only his government can protect Australians from local and global threats.

'Under Labor's law, a person who has been convicted of serious offences would have to come to Australia and there is nothing the minister could do to stop it, ' he said.

"I'm going to be engaged in very clear and direct messaging to anyone who thinks they should get on a boat", Mr Morrison said.

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Malpass also appealed for South Korea's backing for his becoming the next president of the Washington-based lending institution. That follows an unprecedented June 11,2018 summit of the two leaders in Singapore.

The vote in favour of the Bill came amid growing concern about the well-being of asylum seekers sent to Nauru and Papua New Guinea, with reports of abuse, suicide and lengthy detention periods.

Labor has handed the Coalition a campaign gift, and the Liberal Party will be quickly dusting off their tried and tested campaign material on boat arrivals and erecting billboards in marginal seats across the country.

The bill was first mooted by independent MP Kerryn Phelps previous year after she won the Liberal Party stronghold of Wentworth when former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was ousted in a party coup.

"I believe that we can keep our borders secure, we can uphold national security but still treat people humanely", Shorten told Parliament.

The move cut short a furious debate over whether the vote in the lower house could be seen as a vote on a money bill and was therefore a vote of no confidence in the government itself.

"The current medical transfer system is broken".

Sick asylum seekers often have to fight the Australian government in court for permission to be transferred to an Australian hospital.

"Pregnant women with complications have had to wait dangerously long to receive the treatment they need. People have died as a result", Ms Nicholls said.

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