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AustraliaCoalition's hold on power under threat after it loses asylum seeker vote in Parliament

11:00  12 february  2019
11:00  12 february  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Coalition's hold on power under threat after it loses asylum seeker vote in Parliament

Coalition's hold on power under threat after it loses asylum seeker vote in Parliament The future of the Coalition's hold on power is at risk with the Federal Government becoming the first to lose a vote on its own legislation in 90 years. The majority of the crossbench and Labor joined forces in the House of Representatives to pass amendments to give doctors a greater say on refugee medical evacuations. The amendments were agreed to by the Senate late last year, after Labor and the crossbench forced a series of measures into a government migration bill. Labor secured the support of most of the crossbench to win the Lower House 75 votes to 74 on the first sitting day for 2019.

An asylum seeker (also rarely called an asylee applicant) is a person who flees their home country, enters another country and applies for asylum , i.e. the right to international protection

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Coalition's hold on power under threat after it loses asylum seeker vote in Parliament© Provided by ABC News Labor secured the support of most of the crossbench to win the Lower House vote 75 to 74.

The future of the Coalition's hold on power is at risk with the Federal Government becoming the first to lose a vote on its own legislation in almost 80 years.

The majority of the crossbench and Labor joined forces in the House of Representatives to pass amendments to give doctors a greater say on refugee medical evacuations.

The amendments were agreed to by the Senate late last year, after Labor and the crossbench forced a series of measures into a government migration bill.

Labor secured the support of most of the crossbench to win the Lower House vote 75 to 74 on the first sitting day for 2019.

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Home About Parliament Parliamentary Departments Parliamentary Library Research Publications The Liberal Party of Australia, in coalition with The Nationals (together, the Coalition ), won the Later in the year, another asylum seeker died at the offshore processing centre in PNG from an infection. 2 December 2013 — the Greens and Labor vote in the Senate to disallow the Regulation that

Both Coalition and Labor governments have made provisions for additional accommodation during their terms and the detention of asylum seekers in However, the Gillard Government continued to assert that all who arrived after 13 August 2012—regardless of whether they were in ‘ held ’ detention

Attorney-General Christian Porter presented legal advice from solicitor-general Stephen Donaghue at the last minute, suggesting the amendments agreed to by the Senate would be unconstitutional.

But Mr Donaghue also pointed out there was case law suggesting the High Court was generally reluctant to intervene in these matters, because it related to sections of the Constitution that gave power to the Parliament to conduct its own affairs.

People smugglers 'the only winners'

Greens MP Adam Bandt said the crossbench and refugee advocates should claim credit for the outcome.

"By all working together and putting refugees first, we've just made a huge difference," Mr Bandt said.

"The Greens worked with the crossbench and constructively held Labor to account, stopping too much power from remaining in (Home Affairs Minister) Peter Dutton's hands."

But former prime minister Tony Abbott took to Twitter to warn the changes would offer an incentive for people smugglers.

"People smugglers and their customers are the only winners from Labor's weakening of our border protection policies because ample medical treatment offshore and onshore was already available.

"Under Labor, it's get on a boat, get to Nauru, get sick and get to Australia."

Last child refugees leave island of Nauru for US.
The last child refugees held on the Pacific island of Nauru will soon be sent to the US as Australia reverses its asylum seeker policy. The psychiatric and physical suffering of children has been the major criticism of the government's policy since it was introduced in 2013. It involved sending asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat to an immigration camp on Nauru or men-only facilities on Papua New Guinea.

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