Live: High-stakes politics as medical evacuation bill for asylum seekers hangs in balance

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Live: High-stakes politics as medical evacuation bill for asylum seekers hangs in balance

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By political reporter

Henry Belot

Updated

February 12, 2019 14:38:28

High-stakes politics is at play in Canberra as Labor and the crossbench scramble to save a bill to fast-track medical evacuations from Manus Island and Nauru.

Labor amendments may end up sinking the bill, unless the disparate parties can strike a compromise and wrest control of the Lower House.

National security threats have escalated amid the bitter debate as federal politicians return to Canberra.

Topics:

government-and-politics,

refugees,

immigration,

security-intelligence,

australia

First posted

February 12, 2019 13:57:09

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