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PM expands Christmas Island medical facilities

Medical facilities will be expanded on Christmas Island to cater for up to 500 asylum seekers.

All single males who apply for medical transfer under the new medivac laws will be sent to the detention centre.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has toured the facilities and confirmed extra medical staff will be recruited from Australia.

Scott Morrison tells Ben Fordham Christmas Island is ready to receive asylum seekers, but he’s “hoping it won’t get much use”.

“My hope is that the way we’ve dealt with this has firmed up our border protection regime, to cater for when Bill Shorten sought to weaken it.

“I think the one thing standing between those boats and Australia is our government.

“If they come up against me they get a brick wall, if they come up againt Bill Shorten they get an open door.”

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton tells Ray Hadley the government was left with no choice after the medivac bill was passed.

“It comes at a huge expense, Ray, but that’s the reality of this bill that’s gone through the Parliament.

“Hopefully we don’t get new boat arrivals… it’s a real disaster.”

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