Kerryn Phelps on the medical transfers bill.
Phelps describes Scott Morrison's proposal to reopen the Christmas Island detention facility as a "political statement".
A bill to allow for asylum seeker on Nauru and Manus Island to be transferred to Australia for medical and psychiatric treatment has passed both Houses. How will it change things for those detained?
Morrison told a news conference cabinet's national security committee had met early Tuesday to discuss the contingency planning already in train in anticipation of the bill's passage.
The government will turn up the dial by announcing “contingency plans” against fresh arrivals. Morrison is already moving on to the claim that Shorten couldn't be trusted to be strong on turnbacks.
The government has suffered a historic defeat in the House of Representatives, with Labor and crossbenchers passing the legislation facilitating medical transfers from Manus and Nauru by 75-74.
After Shorten was briefed by security officials and with enormous political pressure coming from the government, Labor moved back from its support of the bill as it has come out of the Senate.
Scott Morrison says the government will not shift from outright
opposition to the bill, which is based on a proposal originally coming from independent Kerryn Phelps but subsequently refined.
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How the 'refoulement' industry between Europe and Libya works.
If the government feels it is on the rack over the amendments, Labor also is in an awkward position, and at least one of the independents finds herself in the spotlight.
Some young people are taken to immigration detention as they approach their 18th birthday.
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.
Four scholars weigh in on President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, exploring his statements on immigration, childhood poverty, the border wall and the investigations into his campaign.
Scott Morrison and David Coleman said: “There are now only four asylum seeker children on Nauru and they have all been approved for departure to the United States of America with their families”.
Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker currently detained on Manus Island, has won Australia's richest literary prize. The win commands the question, 'what makes an Australian writer?'
FIFA can act quickly and decisively for its sponsors. Now it must act for the human rights of one of its footballers.
After 1.3 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa came to Europe in 2015, many countries built fences or closed their ports. That has pushed migrants to take riskier routes into the EU.
Interpol red notices play an important part in international policing. Here's how they work and how the system could be improved to safeguard human rights.
In acts of civil disobedience, some centre-left mayors and regional authorities are resisting a government-level clampdown on asylum seekers.
A refugee reception centre on the Aegan island of Samos is overwhelmed, leaving people in desperate conditions.