Bill Shorten warned against backdown in stand-off over refugee medical bill

Kerryn Phelps, the independent MP for the Sydney seat Wentworth, said it would be “enormously disappointing” if the opposition backed down, while independent senator Tim Storer said voters might wonder what Labor stood for.

“If Labor does back down now, voters may wonder about the value of its commitments more generally and wonder whether what Labor says before the election is what it would actually do if it comes to power,” Senator Storer said.