PM reopens Christmas Island as asylum seeker bill moves through Senate

Mr Shorten dismissed that claim and argued the bill simply allowed for better medical care for asylum seekers who needed help in Australia.

"If we're re-elected it won't apply to anybody because I will reverse it", he said.

The Federal Opposition is trying to get the crossbench to agree to changes around medical transfers for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island.

Even still, Mr Shorten believes the "incompetent and divided" Morrison government should call an election as soon as possible.

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison before losing the vote on Tuesday night.

Australia will reopen its Christmas Island immigration centre after the Morrison government suffered a historic defeat in the House of Representatives on the refugee medevac bill.

The Justice Party senator said it was the "toughest decision" of his time in parliament.

Section 53 is "non-justiciable" and therefore a court will not decide if a law is valid, meaning the government can not challenge the medical transfer bill in the High Court.

"Once a government loses control of government finances, it is obliged to resign or seek a dissolution", Professor Twomey told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

"I know how much the people who are sick on Manus Island and Nauru are suffering and Parliament is saying enough is enough,"Dr Phelps said after the vote".

Kelly Nicholls from the Refugee Council of Australia said doctors' advice on medical transfers should be paramount.

If the minister rejects the medical reasons, the decision may be reviewed by a medical panel, which can recommend it goes ahead.

Under the negotiated amendments, the home affairs minister will have 72 hours to make a decision on whether to agree to a medical transfer.

Then it's up to the minister to reject it on medical grounds again, or national security grounds, or if the person has a substantial criminal record and poses a threat to the Australian community.

Related News:

  • $5M Lotto 649 jackpot won by BC ticket holder

    $5M Lotto 649 jackpot won by BC ticket holder

    Last night's winning Lotto Plus 1 numbers were: 11, 14, 16, 22, 26, 43 and the bonus ball was 30. The draw's guaranteed $1-million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in the Prairies.
    Oddsmakers Now Favor Giants To Sign Bryce Harper

    Oddsmakers Now Favor Giants To Sign Bryce Harper

    Ed. note: Brooks Boyer, White Sox SVP of Sales and Marketing, had an interesting conversation with Mully & Haugh Tuesday morning. Could either swoop in at the last second and shock the world? Just where Harper and his camp are drawing the line isn't clear.
    Dallas Cowboys have likely opponent for 2019 Thanksgiving game, report says

    Dallas Cowboys have likely opponent for 2019 Thanksgiving game, report says

    In addition to playing the Cowboys on the road in 2019, the Dolphins will play the Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions is also reported to be a Thanksgiving game on FOX.
  • Rapper 21 Savage Released From ICE Custody

    United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained the rapper on claims that he was living in America on an expired visa. The attorney maintained the government knew about his immigration status as he had a 2017 U-visa application pending approval.
    Bellevue house and garage where Jeff Bezos started Amazon up for sale

    Bellevue house and garage where Jeff Bezos started Amazon up for sale

    The Seattle Times report further reveals that in 1998 - the year Bezos moved out - the value of the house was close to $182,000. Amazon was started from here but only for a few months did it operate out of this house's garage.
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins ATP Tour title in Montpellier

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins ATP Tour title in Montpellier

    Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev claimed victory in the final of the Sofia Open on Sunday, beating Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-3. But Tsonga read the play on his second break point, guiding a forehand return victor up the line to earn the break.
  • Ohio 18-year-old gets vaccinations against parents' wishes

    Ohio 18-year-old gets vaccinations against parents' wishes

    His journey to get vaccinated, however, stemmed from him wanting to protect others against diseases as much as himself. Minnesota is a state where guardians can opt out of required vaccinations if they philosophically object to them.
    U.S.  wants Hungary to

    U.S. wants Hungary to "stop Huawei"

    Pompeo was given a list of concerns in a meeting with Hungarian civic leaders. Pompeo put the blame for much of the backsliding on a lack of USA engagement.
    Steelers Antonio Brown blows off court appearance

    Steelers Antonio Brown blows off court appearance

    Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was found guilty of a reckless driving charge from November, WXPI-TV reported on Tuesday. He's one of the most talented wide receivers in the National Football League and on the right team could still be dominant.
  • Microsoft HoloLens 2 Teaser Dropped Ahead Of Its Launch At MWC 2019

    Microsoft HoloLens 2 Teaser Dropped Ahead Of Its Launch At MWC 2019

    The teaser (below), shared by Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman, doesn't tell us much about HoloLens 2 . To catch up with everything that Microsoft makes official at the event, stay tuned to Fossbytes.
    Torn letters key to 1986 killing of boy

    Torn letters key to 1986 killing of boy

    She was arrested January 29 in Boca Raton, Florida, and is being transferred in custody to Nevada to face a murder charge. Since then, the couple have lived in Hollywood, Sunny Isles Beach, Lauderhill and Lake Mary, public records show.
    Renault reveal new R.S.19 2019 F1 auto  and livery

    Renault reveal new R.S.19 2019 F1 auto and livery

    Renault has unveiled its 2019 Formula 1 package, the R.S.19, as it strives to break clear of the midfield and edge closer towards its long-term title goal.


Most liked

Nurse killed husband to marry inmate
A Missouri woman has been accused of poisoning and killing her husband so she could marry her inmate lover. Officials determined that Amy poisoned Joshua with antifreeze and put him on the bed, according to KMIZ.

Taylor Swift Spotted at 2019 BAFTAs After-Party With Joe Alwyn
Alwyn, 27, walked the red carpet alone but linked up with the 29-year-old singer at an afterparty, witnesses on social media said. Although she is very private when it comes to her romance, Swift was not holding back her happiness for Alwyn last night.

Solskjaer: Manchester United can't feel sorry for themselves after PSG loss
United succumbed to a disappointing defeat at the hands of French champions PSG on Tuesday night in the Champions League . I'm happy he stayed confident. "Don't give him that space to go into, but he's lightning quick of course".

Trump could let March 1 deadline for trade deal slide
During an interview Monday, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president wants to meet with President Xi very soon. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan all have competing claims for territory in the region.

McConnell says Senate will vote on Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’
However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans. He said Democrats could just simply "present" when the legislation comes before the chamber.

Woman throws chair off Toronto balcony, police investigating
In it, a woman stands on a high floor of a condo balcony near Harbour and York Streets and chucks a small chair over the railing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online.

NZ fires: authorities mull letting thousands go home
Farmers and contractors in parts of the region have been banned from using machinery that could generate to sparks or fire. Fires of this size are unusual for New Zealand, with local media calling it the worst bushfire in 50 years.

Devastating blow for Scott Morrison after historic vote
The health advice panel includes the Home Affairs Department's chief medical officer and the Commonwealth chief medical officer. He also took to social media after a press conference to say that Mr Shorten didn't care about the Australian borders.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly to challenge Republican Arizona senator
Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) has also been considering a 2020 Senate run. "I'll be making a final decision and announcement soon". As a Navy combat pilot, Kelly was deployed during the Gulf War and flew 39 combat missions, according to his campaign page.

George's 45 tops Harden's 42 as Thunder eke out win
The Thunder matched their hosts' 42-point second quarter with a 42 in the third, keyed by seven-for-12 three-point shooting. Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis made a triumphant return to Chicago, helping Washington win its second straight game.

Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Hoffenheim: Leaders blow 3-0 lead to draw
Sancho also reserved praise for Dortmund boss Lucien Favre , who has a reputation for improving players. Dortmund's domestic rivals are attempting to develop a Sancho of their own.

Newborn baby found on California road in frigid temperatures
According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, the baby girl, who was just hours old, was rushed to Valley View Hospital. A suspect allegedly approached a man as he walked down the road at 4.30am that morning and asked him to take her child.

US jury convicts Mexican drug lord El Chapo
Jurors at the US trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations. They had returned Tuesday to grapple with the complicated case at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play and Moto G4 Plus Gets Latest Android Updates
Moto's new G7s for the U.S. , this looks and feels more luxe than you'd expect for a £239 (more than Rs. 39,000 in PKR) device. In fact, the reason why Moto G4 Plus is making headlines today is because Motorola has started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo.

Jussie Smollett finally turns phone records over to cops
Last week, The Post traced Smollett's likely route to the underpass from a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop where he bought a tuna sandwich and a salad.