Opposition stares down bare knuckle tactical offensive by Coalition, including late advice bill was unconstitutional

The Morrison government has suffered an historic defeat, losing the first substantive vote on the floor of the House since 1929, after Labor and the crossbench stared down a bare knuckle tactical offensive by the Coalition, including late advice that the medical evacuations bill was unconstitutional.

The bill cleared the House after a day of high brinksmanship in Canberra, which started with backroom negotiations between Labor and key crossbenchers to adjust legislation passed by the Senate last December, and culminated with the government producing advice from the solicitor general that the proposal breached section 53 of the constitution.

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