Bill Shorten maintains Labor's stance on boat turnbacks but offers more refugee places, cash to UNHCR

Labor MP Ged Kearney choked up as she hailed the "progressive Labor policy", one that the party had "moved mountains" to achieve.

"Whilst I know that this motion is not perfect and many may argue that, it does get us closer and it is an important statement because we need this on the record from this conference," she told delegates.

"We cannot continue to sit by while this Government tortures people on Manus and Nauru — and it must be condemned."