Crikey readers discuss asylum seeker policy, Tasmania and wage stagnation.
Good morning, early birds. The government has been delivered its long-awaited historic loss in parliament over medical evacuation legislation, and the Coalition and Labor continue to duke it out in a jam-packed start to the sitting year. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
After trying to appease Kerryn Phelps and the crossbench, Morrison has returned to talking tough on asylum seekers. But was his policy ever a big shift?
Scott Morrison has taken credit for the transfer of sick children off Nauru in accordance with existing policy — the truth is his government has fought relentlessly to stop it from happening.
George Brandis thinks that asylum seekers have broken the law by turning up to Australia without a visa. But since he could not name the exact law supposedly broken, an actual lawyer has gone through the Migration Act to help poor Brandis out.
A test case will challenge the healthcare received by asylum seekers on Christmas Island, but without immunity anyone who testifies could be liable for prosecution themselves.