PM reopens Christmas Island as asylum seeker bill moves through Senate

The Prime Minister has announced detention facilities on Christmas Island will be re-opened as contentious asylum seeker laws move through parliament.

Scott Morrison unveiled the move on Wednesday morning to guard against a feared influx of asylum-seeker boats following Labor’s huge win in getting changes to medical evacuations for asylum seekers held offshore on Manus Island and Nauru passed through the Senate.

Crossbench Senator Derryn Hinch this morning gave his support to the laws, which have just passed through the Senate 36 votes to 34.


“My job now is to do everything within my power, and in the power of the government, to ensure that what the parliament has done to weaken our borders does not result in boats coming to Australia,” Mr Morrison told reporters at Parliament House on Wednesday.

“I’m standing between people smugglers and bringing a boat to Australia,” he said.

Mr Morrison pledged to reverse the laws if the coalition was re-elected at the upcoming federal election.