Scott Morrison reopens Christmas Island detention centre

Scott Morrison reopens Christmas Island detention centre

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the reopening of the Christmas Island detention centre, marking a harsh response to the historic asylum seeker medical transfer bill which passed in the House of Representatives last night.

The opposition Labor party and independents voted to amend hardline immigration laws to give doctors the right to transfer some 1,000 men and woman from two Pacific detention centres if they need medical treatment.

Mr Morrison said the law would weaken the nation's tough border policies and embolden human traffickers.

It is the first time in decades that an Australian government has lost a vote on a substantive piece of legislation, sparking applause and cheers from observers in the parliamentary viewing gallery in Canberra.

Opponents pointed out that the bill applies only to people already on Nauru and Manus Island, meaning new arrivals would not be eligible for transfer to Australia.

His government, he said, was adopting "100 per cent" of a series of recommendations from the country's security services to further tighten efforts to prevent the arrival of migrants and asylum-seekers by sea. "Well if this wasn't the biggest advertisement to people smugglers, I don't know what is", he said.

Jacinta Carroll, a former national security official who worked in border protection and is now based at the Australian National University, said people smugglers would likely use the change to market themselves but she doubted this would produce a flood.

But authorities on Christmas Island questioned the move to reopen the detention centre, saying their health facilities are limited and they "quite regularly" medically evacuate people because their small hospital can not handle complex treatment.

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"The government tells us that this bill is a constitutional crisis".

Sick asylum seekers often have to fight the Australian government in court for permission to be transferred to an Australian hospital.

Christmas Island is an Australian territory located more than 1,500 kilometers to the northwest of the continent.

The legislative changes, which passed against the wishes of the Morrison government, allow immigration ministers to refuse medical transfers to convicted criminals.

Also in the Swiss city on Wednesday night, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee activist who has spent five years on Manus Island, won the Martin Ennals Award 2019, one of the most prestigious worldwide human rights prizes, organisers said.

"If they do come, you can thank the Labor Party and Bill Shorten because he is the one who has led this process".

Attorney-General Christian Porter said up to 300 people on Manus Island and Nauru could secure immediate medical approval to come to Australia. Mr. Dutton did not say what category of asylum seeker might be sent to Christmas Island instead of Nauru.

The Christmas Island detention facilities - shuttered last year after 10 years in operation - has been a central scene in the outcome of previous national elections.

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