Senate passes excise bill

Senate passes excise bill

The Senate has passed a controversial bill to excise the Australian continent from the migration zone.

The bill, which was recommended by the Houston review, will remove the mainland from the zone, in order to deter asylum seekers coming by boat to Australia.

The bill paves the way for asylum seekers to be only processed at offshore facilities, a policy which both the Liberal and Labor parties support.

The Greens opposed the legislation, with their amendments to allow for Human Rights Commission inspections, media access and the removal of children from the Manus Island centre, all failing to pass.

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