Government says 100 people affected were transferred from Manus or Nauru for medical reasons and should go back or return to country of origin

Bill Shorten has taken aim at Malcolm Turnbull over a decision to cut support for asylum seekers transferred to Australia from offshore detention for medical reasons, declaring him a “weak prime minister trying to look tough”.

The Labor leader took to Facebook on Sunday to blast the proposal to cut income support worth $200 a fortnight, and force asylum seekers to find their own accommodation, characterising it as Turnbull’s “weakest move yet”.

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