Australian ruling party defeated in Parliament on refugees

Scott Morrison is promising more climate change and energy policy before the election in May

The Senate passed similar amendments on medical evacuations despite ruling party objections on the last day Parliament sat a year ago.

"I do believe that we will see boats under what Mr Shorten has passed in the House of Representatives", he told ABC's 7.30 program on Tuesday.

Labor also wants the proposed bill to only apply to people now in offshore detention - not new arrivals - and set longer time frames for ministers to make decisions.

The Prime Minister has announced detention facilities on Christmas Island will be re-opened as contentious asylum seeker laws move through parliament.

Labor and the crossbenchers combined to win a series of 75-74 votes over the coalition government on a bill to give medical transfers to asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.

Senator Hinch had asked for an urgent security briefing on the implications of the bill, which the government facilitated early on Wednesday morning, but Senator Hinch said he was not persuaded to abandon his support for the bill.

The bill is expected to sail through the Senate later this week where it will become law. After he left office, the center-left Labor government began holding refugees on Christmas Island.

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"It does not provide any kind of attraction to people to leave where they are and to try to make the journey to Australia because they will not be considered as part of this legislation". "Rape survivors have to had to have traumatic late term abortions due to government blocks", she said.

The proposal called for a specially appointed panel to review medical transfer requests on Manus Island and Nauru, making it harder for the Home Affairs Minister to reject them.

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

In 2010, a boat of 90 asylum seekers - mostly from Iraq and Iran - sank off the island, killing 50 people on board.

"With the last few children leaving Nauru and the provision of adequate medical care now in sight, we are hopefully witnessing an end to the race to the bottom on refugee policy", said Mr Glendenning.

Immigration Minister David Coleman said on Sunday the change would bring a return of the days when thousands of asylum-seekers traveled to Indonesia and then paid smugglers to take them on to Australia by boat.

Migrant boat journeys to Christmas Island halted after Australia banned such passengers from ever setting foot in the country. "This puts Australia back on the map for people smugglers and Bill Shorten has that on his shoulders".

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