Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
PM Scott Morrison approved reopening Christmas Island after a legislative defeat in Parliament allowed refugees and asylum seekers detained in existing offshore centres to travel to Australia for medical treatment.
"The finding opens the way to a major compensation and also for consequential orders against both the PNG and Australian governments," says Refugee Action Coalition spokesman.
Australia's current policy on asylum seekers is to intercept refugees and migrants at sea, deny them entry, and process them in centres like the camp on Manus Island in neighbouring Papua New Guinea. Critics consider the process inhumane.
The remote camp on Manus Island, one of two offshore centres that holds asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat, was closed a week ago, but 600 men refuse to leave.
The 600 men, who have locked themselves in at the detention camp on Manus island, have little food and no water or electricity.
Around 600 detainees told to leave Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea as conditions worsen with power and water cuts in tense standoff.
The Manus detention centre, located on one of the bigger islands of Papua New Guinea, is run by the Australian government. The camp which houses nearly 800 men will close down on Tuesday.
When Australia’s offshore immigration centre closes on Tuesday, 600 detainees there will be forced to move, but not to safety. Is Australia getting away with unchecked human rights abuses?
The deal struck between the two countries is expected to provide an early test of Trump's strict immigration stance.
Thousands of Australians poured onto the street in droves as part of a nationwide protest calling for the closure of camps on Manus Island and Nauru.
Lawyers for more than 700 refugees who aim to live in Australia seek an order from the Papua New Guinea court preventing the Australian government from moving them to Nauru detention centre.
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