Australia will reopen its Christmas Island detention centre

Australian government suffers historic defeat over refugee medical bill

The Australian government has lost control of the parliament for the first time in nearly a century, losing a major vote on a bill to help evacuate critically ill refugees from offshore processing centers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the detention centre would be reopened as part of "a range of strengthening" of Operation Sovereign Borders, arguing the new legislation will undermine border protection policies and could restart the people smuggling trade.

Scott Morrison says parliament has passed legislation that will weaken our borders.

"We just wouldn't have the capacity to deal with people coming here for medical reasons, both physically and mentally".

"Our first duty is to Australia and Australians".

He dubbed it a "political knee-jerk reaction" following the government's defeat in parliament over the "Medevac" bill.

The Australian government will be reopening the Christmas Island detention center, likened to a maximum security prison, after the opposition streamlined a bill to allow migrant detainees to seek medical help on the mainland. Then, the Home Affairs Minister, who used to have the final say on the matter, will have 72 hours to deliver his verdict.

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

"If you think that by buying a ticket on an unsafe boat, paying a people smuggler, a criminal syndicate, you'll get a better deal to come to Australia, you're wrong". It's not my law.

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The bill must be approved by the upper house to become law, but is likely to pass, as the Senate supported an earlier version a year ago.

"It might be all fine and nice to talk about these nuances here in this courtyard", he said.

Reaction has been swift, with shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus slamming the government on Twitter.

The contest will play out differently in different seats and demographics across the country, but Morrison has made it clear that any new boat arrival "is on Bill Shorten and Labor's head".

"The legislation applies for people who are already there [on Manus and Nauru] - it does not apply to anyone new", he told reporters. "That's to ensure that there is no catalyst to start up the boats again", she told the media on Wednesday.

Kerryn Phelps speaks to the media on Wednesday.

He also said police, the military and Australian Border Force have been working on "contingency plans" in the event laws related to asylum seekers in offshore detention are changed.

At the time, Immigration Minister David Coleman said the centre would be kept in a state of "operational readiness" so it could be re-opened at short notice.

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