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MALCOLM TURNBULL, PRIME MINISTER: Have a good day at school. Happy baked beans. Enjoy the breakfast. There you go.

SABRA LANE, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: The Prime Minister has gone bush for three days, visiting Indigenous communities in South Australia.


SABRA LANE: To see first-hand how government policies are affecting people's lives.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: What are you working on now, kids?

STUDENT: So what we are working on now is practising a learner's permit.

SABRA LANE: Malcolm Turnbull wants to highlight successful Indigenous businesses, so-called healthy welfare card and what more can be done to ensure that kids turn up to school.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: That is for you. There is a really good book.

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: Three cheers for the Prime Minister. Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!

SABRA LANE: Three cheers from the Yalata kids, but a thumbs down from the refugee lobby for the Prime Minister's latest immigration policy.

DAVID MANNE, HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER AND ADVOCATE: At its heart, what this is about is the government seeking to impose a further punishment on innocent people.

Now, our Parliament should never have been acting laws which are deliberately designed to impose further punishment on innocent people fleeing from persecution and seeking safety here.

SABRA LANE: Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday when Parliament resumes next week his Government wants legislation passed ASAP to prevent asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island from ever coming to Australia.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: The door to Australia is closed to those who seek to come here by boat with a people smuggler. It is closed.

SABRA LANE: It will be backdated to July 19, 2013 when prime minister Kevin Rudd declared anyone who arrived by boat would never settle in Australia.

The new law will mean that people who arrived after that date, even if they become citizens of other countries, will never be allowed to access Australia even under business or tourism visas.

Malcolm Turnbull was resolute again today.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: The announcement is absolutely consistent with our international obligations.

We know exactly what happens when you abandon our strong border protection policies. We know exactly what happens. The Labor Party did it. We begged them not to - 50,000 unauthorised arrivals, 1,200 deaths at sea of which we know.

PROF. DON ROTHWELL, ANU COLLEGE OF LAW: I am struggling to see how it could be challenged on constitutional grounds, given that the power to regulate the movement of persons into Australia and this is quite different from legislation as it related to aspects of operation Sovereign Borders because this will be clearly be regulating persons at the border, at the physical border.

So to that end the capacity under the constitution is very clear and to that end it is really just an amendment to the Migration Act, it seems to me.

SABRA LANE: The bill will easily pass the House of Representatives. The Senate will be the sticking point if Labor decides to block it.

The government will need nine of 11 crossbenches to pass it.

One Nation's four senators are on side. Party leader Pauline Hanson has welcomed the policy saying it is good to see the government taking its cues from her party.

Labor MPs are furious, many taking to social media to vent their anger.

Former national security adviser Peter Khalil accused Dutton and Turnbull of blowing a loud dog whistle.

Others claim the government was punishing vulnerable people who'd sought Australia's help.

Some said it was a cynical attempt to appeal to the right of politics.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Within the Liberal Party Malcolm Turnbull is again doing the bidding of far right of his party and of One Nation.

One Nation have expressed their delight at this. Reclaim Australia have expressed their delight and any moment now Australians are expecting Malcolm Turnbull to unzip his suit and Tony Abbott to step out from inside.

PETER DUTTON: Either you support this measure or you don't. I mean the Labor Party either supports it or they don't.

There is not qualifications around it.

The issue for Bill Shorten is to show leadership and not allow the left of his party to run out, to put tweets out and Facebook posts and the rest of it like some undisciplined rabble.

SABRA LANE: Mr Shorten had no plans to appear on camera today but changed his mind during the afternoon.

BILL SHORTEN, OPPOSITION LEADER: This latest idea from the government seems to be ridiculous.

The idea that someone who may be a US or Canadian citizen because they were once a refugee, wouldn't be allowed to visit Australia for tourism or business purpose for many decades to come, that idea seems ludicrous on face value.

We haven't seen the legislation. The Government said this is a most serious matter, but they refuse to provide Labor with the legislation, which therefore questions their real motivations.

SABRA LANE: Labor thinks the announcement is all about wedging the party, but that may not be the prime motivation.

One source has told 7.30 the only way the policy makes any sense is if the Turnbull Government is close to signing a deal with another third country to resettle refugees detained on Manus and Nauru, a nation like New Zealand, whose citizens have a right to live and work here without gaining permission first.

Three years ago, the Kiwis offered to take 150 refugees. The offer was rejected by the Coalition as ministers believed it would be used by people smugglers as a marketing opportunity.

JOHN KEY, NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER: We have got no intention of having separate classes of New Zealand citizens.

SABRA LANE: Refugee groups are, not surprisingly, up in arms.

The Refugee Council says the proposal is perverse punishment for the 2,100 people still languishing on Manus Island and Nauru some of whom could be permanently separated from family in Australia.

Peter Dutton says the new law won't apply to those who were under 18 in July, 2013 and in rare cases he can use his ministerial discretion.

What is clear is that the Government is close to clinching something with another country or countries to resettle those who have been stuck in limbo.

DAVID MANNE: Australia ultimately holds the moral and legal responsibility for people who were forced from Australia to Nauru and Manus Island.

It ultimately holds the responsibility for ensuring that those people are able to be taken to a safe place in the future, where they can rebuild their lives in dignity.