Australian border policies

How Labor Forced Morrison’s Hand on Christmas Island

Christmas Island is officially open to house asylum seekers again.

This time around the facility will be used for those asylum seekers deemed too dangerous to come to the mainland but have been given a green light for medical treatment under the controversial legal changes pushed through my Labor and the Greens last month.

Preparing for his first visit to the detention facility, Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated that it is ‘incredibly regrettable’ he had to reopen Christmas Island.

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Morrison blames Labor for changes

Morrison placed the blame squarely on Labor for backing changes to asylum seeker medical evacuations. And as the AAP reports, he brushed off suggestions his trip to the facility was simply a photo opportunity.

Speaking to reporters in Canberra yesterday, the prime minister said, ‘We will be making sure that the arrangements are in place — as indeed they are, as I understand it this week — to stand up that facility to deal with any transfers that may arise.

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