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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 07:19 AM

Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

Source: BBC

Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

12 February 2019

Australian MPs have passed a landmark bill with an opposition amendment making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country.

This is the first time in decades a government has lost a vote on its own legislation in the lower house.

The move is a blow for PM Scott Morrison's minority government's highly controversial immigration policy.

Since 2013, Australia has sent asylum seekers arriving by boat to detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

Critics say it has harmed the welfare of detainees, including children.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47193899

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Thyla Feb 2019 #1

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 07:43 AM

1. Could just close the offshore camps altogether

And treat people humanely and in accordance to international law.

Or not.

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