Coalition faces losing Nauru bill battle on last sitting day of year – politics live

A crossbench-Labor deal may see the government defeated on Kerryn Phelps’ medical evacuation legislation. All the day’s events, live

9.50pm GMT

Richard Di Natale said he was “reasonably confident” there was the support for the Nauru and Manus Island asylum seeker evacuations to occur.

The government keeps telling us the “people smugglers will start right up again” (this was Paul Fletcher, who, was the latest government minister to have a journalist forget what they were responsible for live on air, following Fran Kelly forgetting Angus Taylor’s name on radio yesterday. It’s not our fault. There have been so many ministerial changes and we are all tired)

9.29pm GMT

While we are dealing with the day’s shenanigans, I’ll also be dropping in some of the notes you have sent through about what stood out to you about 2018 in Australian politics. Apologies if I don’t get to yours, but rest assured I will be reading them all.

From Paul: one that really grabbed (and moved) me was Susan Lamb’s very emotional speech about the circumstances of her citizenship mess back in February. It was a potent reminder of the very human lives behind the corflute facades.

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Source: The Guardian
Coalition faces losing Nauru bill battle on last sitting day of year – politics live