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Scott Morrison: Full credit to me if the boats don’t come, otherwise it’s Labor’s fault

Scott Morrison has spoken to media outside Parliament House today after suffering a historic defeat over the Urgent Medical Transfer Bill in the lower house on Tuesday.

The bill, which gives doctors more power to transfer asylum seekers to mainland Australia for medical treatment, passed with 75 votes to 74 with support from Labor, the Greens and most of the crossbench. The bill successfully passed through the upper house today with 36 votes to 34, ensuring the bill will now become law.

The Prime Minister played down concerns the defeat is any reflection on him, despite it being the first time major legislation backed by the government has failed to pass the lower house since 1929.

But Morrison really started raising eyebrows when he discussed who should get the credit based on the outcome over the next few months.

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