Australia’s House of Representatives this morning passed a motion condemning the Australian federal government over its plan to send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia. It is the first time after a long while that both Houses of Parliament have condemned a government policy decision.
The motion was passed by a 70-68 margin.
Greens MP Adam Bandt proposed the motion, supported by the opposition coalition and two independents.
“This is a government which if it persists with the Malaysian people swap, is acting in clear defiance of the Parliament. Now, we are in unchartered waters here. I suppose it is then up to Members and Senators to decide what further sanctions they wish to apply against the Government,” Opposition coalition leader Tony Abbott was reported as saying.
Imagine, the Australian government is trying to get the UNHCR to agree to the swap arrangement but their own Parliament (both Houses) has condemned the deal!