Senate debates

Thursday, 9 August 2007


Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; Reference

12:32 pm

Photo of Andrew BartlettAndrew Bartlett (Queensland, Australian Democrats) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

At the end of the motion, add:

whether there is merit in changing the law relating to the character and conduct provisions used by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to cancel Dr Haneef’s visa and the mandatory detention aspects of the Migration Act 1958, along the lines proposed in the following bills which are currently on the Notice Paper in the name of Senator Bartlett:
Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006, and
Migration Legislation Amendment (Duration of Detention) Bill 2006.

I agree with a lot of the comments that have been made, and I will not repeat many of them. Senator Johnston, as Minister for Justice and Customs, is the junior minister to the Attorney-General. As he is still in the chamber, I would like to reinforce the plea from Senator Ray that the government consider the recommendation from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. Now that Senator Johnston is the minister, I would urge him to use his influence to get that unanimous recommendation adopted because, in effect, it does a lot of what many of us, in our own different ways, have called for today. Let us have a look at that whole bag of antiterrorism laws—whether there be 32 of them or 40. I am sure there are 40, but we will have the argument elsewhere.


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