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Australia's government says it will re open a controversial off shore immigration detention center one day after historic defeat on refugee policy in parliament that loss will allow migrants industries to existing offshore detention centres in the Pacific to receive medical care in Australia it's the first time a sitting Australian government has lost a vote in the lower house since the nineteen forties an embarrassment to the ruling coalition who are dragging in the polls just months from an election the bill cleared the Senate on Wednesday amending the country's hardline immigration rules it lets doctors grant that thousand all refugees already held off shore access to care in Australia more parliament and Aspin S. have done in the past three days is to say enough is enough %HESITATION it is time for the Australian government having done the job of stopping the birds ends up preventing unnecessary deaths at sea to now prevent unnecessary deaths ominous island and now route the bill's proponents say this week's immigration amendment will not apply to new arrivals trying to reach a stray you by boat but prime minister Scott Morrison strongly opposed any change saying it would weaken Australia's borders he said it risked bringing in new wave of asylum seekers and the government would be forced to re open and extra attention set up on Christmas Island this parliament is already tipped its hand enough to the people smugglers we have approved %HESITATION putting in place the re opening of the Christmas Island detention facilities and a series of compounds they're both to do with the prospect of a rivals as well as doing with the prospect of transfers critics reacted quickly accusing the PM of ramping up the rhetoric on asylum seekers in the face of an up hill battle to state government the detention center on Christmas Island has been a huge in the outcome of past elections one analyst told Reuters that the conservative government would be happy to fight an election campaign on border security