Australia to reopen Christmas Island detention centre

Scott Morrison is promising more climate change and energy policy before the election in May

Crossbenchers who supported the proposal also remained firm in the face of the concerted government fightback, and stuck through a series of votes to pass the proposal the group had agreed with Labor and the Greens over the course of Tuesday.

Morrison lost his parliamentary majority previous year and has been relying on cross-benchers to keep control of the lower House of Representatives.

The bill cleared the House after a day of high brinksmanship in Canberra, which started with backroom negotiations between Labor and key crossbenchers to adjust legislation passed by the Senate last December, and culminated with the government producing advice from the solicitor general that the proposal breached section 53 of the constitution.

Labor is negotiating with crossbench MPs to change proposed new laws making it easier for asylum seekers in offshore detention to fly to Australia for medical treatment.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who had staunchly opposed the bill, responded by saying the measure could undermine national security, offering a preview of what is likely to be his campaign pitch, and the election's central issue.

Mr Dutton says the policy "is a recipe for the boats to restart".

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Chelsea have a temporary reprieve from the Premier League in that period, due to the quirk of the League Cup final against City falling on a weekend of league fixtures.

"Where we will always stand, and the Australian people can always trust us to do, is to have the mettle to ensure the integrity of our border protection framework". The government of prime minister Arthur Fadden lost a symbolic budget vote in 1941 and immediately resigned.

But Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton tells Chris Smith "it will end in disaster".

Earlier, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten sought to send his own message to would- be asylum seekers. "It is about how we treat sick people in our care".

The amended bill, which passed into law in the Senate shortly after Morrison's announcement, hands doctors on Nauru and Manus Island greater power to transfer asylum seekers to Australian medical facilities.

Morrison last week ruled out calling a snap election if his government was defeated over the "stupid" bill.

The legislation will now go to the Governor-General for royal assent to become law, but the timeframe for this remains unclear.

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