Senate backs return of temporary protection visas
THE Senate has passed sweeping changes to asylum seeker laws, including the reintroduction of temporary protection visas (TPVs).
The bill was passed 34 votes to 32 in a late sitting of Parliament on Thursday night, and in the end the decision came down to one vote - that of the Motoring Enthusiast Party's Ricky Muir.
The Government secured the deal after agreeing to several requests from the Palmer United Party, including that children be released from detention on Christmas Island.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will also now increase the annual refugee intake by 7,500 places and give asylum seekers on bridging visas work rights.
The new TPVs grant refugees protection in Australia for three years but could see them sent back to their home countries after that if the Government deems conditions there have improved.