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Scott Morrison's Response To The Medivac Bill Is Reopening Christmas Island

Scott Morrison's Response To The Medivac Bill Is Reopening Christmas Island

Yes, the government is wielding its reluctance to provide Australian medical care, and its use of harsh facilities like Christmas Island, as an apparent weapon against asylum seekers.

The transfers will only apply to the existing cohort of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, although Morrison said he will work to reverse it if re-elected in the upcoming federal election.

However, the CEO of the Christmas Island Shire, David Price, has labelled the Government's announcement a "political knee-jerk reaction", citing that the small regional hospital on the island was not adequate as it did not perform operations and had no specialists to address mental health concerns.

He added "Just opening the detention centre doesn't do that".

"What is true today is, as a result of what happened in the Parliament yesterday and what is happening in the Senate now, our border protection laws are weaker than they were go days ago".

Australia's conservative minority government suffered a damaging political defeat yesterday, becoming the first administration in almost a century to lose a vote on major legislation. I think it's a foolish law.

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

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Independent Senator Tim Storer, who introduced the original medivac amendments, has revealed he did not receive a briefing from security agencies about the bill and will not seek one.

"The people of Australia will remember this day and know that this is now on your head", the Prime Minister said to Mr Shorten in Parliament.

"This is a very problematic position that Bill Shorten has put our country in", he told reporters in Canberra.

"This is merely codifying something that the government itself says is happening now".

He pressed the point that the legislation only applies to people now on Nauru or Manus and therefore was not an incentive for people smugglers.

The Labor leader's message to Senator Hinch was the bill was stronger than the legislation initially contemplated last December.


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