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The Prime Minister has been anxious over the last two days to hose down talk that a government defeat on the bill could lead to an election. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

Morrison declares the amendments, based on a proposal from independent Kerryn Phelps, would leave the government powerless to stop the entry of a paedophile, rapist or murderer.
US Vice President Mike Pence with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Australia’s Scott Morrison were among the leaders of the 21 economies making up APEC. AAP/Mick Tsikas

After APEC, US-China tensions leave ‘cooperation’ in the cold

Summit season is usually a bit of a bore - worthy subjects lost in acronyms and diplomatic niceties. Not so this year as US-China tensions tore at the fabric of multi-lateralism.
The issue of the children on Nauru – many of them with acute health. issues - escalated in recent weeks, with campaigning by doctors for a more humanitarian approach and pressure from government backbenchers. Danny Casey/AAP

Government raises glimmer of hope for New Zealand deal on refugees

Opposition immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said Labor welcomed the government's “sudden and unexplained interest” in considering a deal with New Zealand.

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