Following a substantial rhetorical bombardment from Scott Morrison, Labor will seek agreement on three amendments to the crossbench bill

Labor has shifted its stance on the medical transfer bill, seeking agreement for three principles that might scuttle the proposal once it returns to the parliament, and allow Scott Morrison to claim a significant political victory.

At the end of a meeting of the shadow cabinet, the left and right factions, and the caucus, the ALP signalled it wanted to rework the proposal it supported in the parliament last December to increase the discretion of the home affairs minister to refuse medical transfers for asylum seekers, to make the timeframes for decision making less restrictive, and to ensure the procedures only applied to the cohort currently on Manus Island and Nauru.

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