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 Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 13, 2019 15:04

 Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

Australian MPs have passed a landmark bill with an opposition amendment making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country.

This is the first time in decades a government has lost a vote on its own legislation in the lower house.

The move is a blow for PM Scott Morrison’s minority government’s highly controversial immigration policy.

Since 2013, Australia has sent asylum seekers arriving by boat to detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

Critics say it has harmed the welfare of detainees, including children. Doctors have long warned of inadequate medical facilities on the islands, while the UN has previously described the camp conditions as “inhumane”.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 13, 2019 15:04

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