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Opposition demands asylum-seeker vote
November 26, 2011
The federal opposition has challenged the government to recall parliament and attempt to pass amendments to the Migration Act.
The government failed to get the planned amendments through parliament in October after the opposition refused to support the legislation.
The amendments, if passed, would allow the government to resurrect the Malaysia asylum-seeker people swap deal and restart offshore processing.
Advertisement: Story continues below But after Liberal MP Peter Slipper's appointment as Speaker on Thursday, opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said the government now had the numbers to pass the amendments.
"On Thursday of this week the government had the numbers to pass its Migration Act amendments through the House of Representatives," he told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.
"And after it completed its grubby deal for the speakership it could have brought that matter to a vote ... and secured the passage of that bill.
"The government must recall parliament for them to consider the Migration Act amendment and vote on it on Monday."
However, the Greens oppose the bill, so it could not pass the Senate without the support of the opposition.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said last month the government remained committed to the Malaysian solution and the amendments to allow it would remain on the parliamentary notice paper.