On Tuesday, International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) medical officer Dr Nicole Montana was stood down for breaching rules of the regional processing centre. Both major parties support offshore detention and their candidates have avoided questions about the mental health of children on Nauru.
The deportation of the Australian doctor also follows Medecins Sans Frontieres calling for urgent evacuations from the island, and sharing emotional and detailed analysis the mental health conditions of the asylum seekers and refugees on the island. "A replacement Senior Medical Officer is already in Nauru, there has been no impact on the services provided to transferees". A Labor spokeswoman confirmed the party still opposed the legislation, and said the government should deal directly with New Zealand if it wanted to place conditions on any resettlement offer.
Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim said the government had "lost control" of the Nauru operation and "the whole edifice is crumbling before our very eyes".
Three Liberal MPs have also taken the extraordinary step of demanding the prime minister get children off the Pacific island, citing serious fears about their health.More news: Meghan tries her hand at Aussie Rules football
The Australian Medical Association's paediatric representative Paul Bauert said significant damage had been inflicted on children held there.
"If Malcolm Turnbull was able to negotiate conditions for the U.S. deal to proceed, why is Scott Morrison incapable of negotiating similar conditions for the NZ deal?"
The Centre Alliance party, which controls two crossbench votes, said it remained opposed to the bill as it now stood, but was willing to negotiate.
However, the opposition vowed it was not for turning, even in light of Mr Morrison's offer.
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She insisted the government hadn't only become open to the plan after political pressure from its own ranks or ahead of the Wentworth by-election.
The government argues without the legislation and a lifetime ban, it would be seen by the people smugglers as a backdoor way of getting asylum seekers eventually to Australia.
Labor has hit back arguing the ban didn't need to be in place for the Turnbull Government to make a deal with the USA to accept refugees.
The conservative government is under mounting pressure to relax its five-year-old policy of banning asylum seekers who come by boat from ever settling in Australia.
Earlier this week, Labor leader Bill Shorten wrote to Mr Morrison to say the current situation on Nauru was "untenable" and a solution was needed.More news: Despite Trump criticism, Fed policymakers see need for more rate hikes
"This is about making sure vulnerable and sick children in Australia's care can receive the medical treatment they need - when and where they need it".