CANBERRA, Australia | Independent says Australian gov’t lost on its refugee stance

CANBERRA, Australia | Independent says Australian gov’t lost on its refugee stance

CANBERRA, Australia— A newly elected independent lawmaker said on Monday a tough policy toward asylum seekers was a major reason Australia’s conservative government lost its parliamentary majority.

Kerryn Phelps on Monday was declared the winner of an Oct. 20 by-election forced when former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull quit parliament after his conservative coalition turned against him.

The high-profile medical doctor and gay rights advocate will take her seat when Parliament resumes on Nov.

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