Morrison government fights for its political life in high-stakes constitutional battle over refugee bill

The Morrison government has fired a new broadside at the crossbench bill to allow refugee medical transfers, claiming the change would breach the constitution and should be struck down if it is passed by Parliament this week.

The new advice sets up a legal test on refugee transfers if Labor, the Greens and independent MPs join forces and pass the bill over the objections of the government.

And in a dramatic escalation of the political fight, the advice suggests the refugee bill is a «money bill» that would trigger a loss of confidence in the Morrison government if Labor, the Greens and independents succeed in passing the law in the lower house.

David Crowe reports 




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