The Australian government stated Wednesday it might reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers arriving by boat after Parliament handed laws that might give sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals.
The Christmas Island immigration detention camp, south of Jakarta, Indonesia, was a favorite goal of individuals smugglers who introduced asylum seekers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East in rickety boats from Indonesian ports before the commerce nearly stopped in recent times.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated a security committee of his cupboard agreed to reopen the camp on the recommendation of senior security officials.
The choice was made earlier than the Senate passed laws 36 votes to 34 that may permit docs as an alternative of bureaucrats to determine which asylum seekers on camps on the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru can fly to Australia for hospital remedy.
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Morrison’s conservative government argues that the invoice, handed seventy five to seventy four by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, will undermine Australia’s robust refugee policy. The policy banishes asylum seekers who attempt to succeed in Australia by boat to the Pacific island camps in a bid to discourage other asylum seekers from making the perilous voyage.
“My job now’s to ensure that the boats do not come,” Morrison informed reporters. “My job now’s to do all the things in my…