Asylum bill likely to be defeated in the Senate, regardless of concessions

“The government faces another possible Senate defeat with Labor, the Greens, the Palmer United party and other crossbench senators insisting that 30,000 asylum seekers living in limbo in Australia receive the possibility of a permanent visa.

The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, sought to sway senators as debate on the new bill began, announcing he had agreed to increase the humanitarian intake from 13,750 to 18,750 in two years’ time, and to 20,000 in the following year. He also said he would allow people on temporary protection visas to leave the country for compassionate reasons, for example to visit a dying relative, if they did not travel to the country where they claimed they had been persecuted.”

Click here to read the report in The Guardian.

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