Labor's putting lipstick on a pig: Bernardi

February 13, 2019

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says the tiny changes Labor made to its controversial medivac legislation which passed the Senate today was like putting lipstick on a pig.

The ABC reports, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Christmas Island immigration centre will reopen, as border protection shapes as a key battleground ahead of this year's federal election.

The added cost to the budget is estimated to be more than one billion dollars.

The PM's announcement came as the refugee medivac bill was passed into law by the Senate today.

Senator Bernardi has told the Senate, the new law, which will allow doctors to decide whether refugees who claim to be sick, come to Australia, will restart the people-smuggling trade.

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