Labor passes encryption bill as Morrison dodges lower house vote on Nauru

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Filibuster on medical evacuations allows final sitting day to end before vote Coalition was expected to lose

Labor has waved through the Morrison government’s encryption bill, capping off a day of high political drama where the prime minister managed to avoid a de facto vote of no confidence in the Coalition in the lower house.

A Senate filibuster thwarted efforts by the non-government parties to pass legislation that would have removed refugees from Nauru and Manus Island, forcing a situation where an incumbent government would have lost a substantive vote for the first time in almost 90 years.

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