Independent MP’s warning comes after Bill Shorten signals he is open to examining Coalition’s medical review panel

Independent Kerryn Phelps has urged Labor and fellow parliamentarians not to “cave in” to Scott Morrison’s “scare tactics and deliberate misinformation” on the crossbench medical transfers bill, ahead of the resumption of parliament next week.

The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has signalled over the past 48 hours that the opposition is open to examining a new proposition from the government setting up an independent medical review panel to vet medical transfers of asylum seekers from offshore detention.

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