Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012; In Committee

5:52 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I am astounded that the minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, speaking on a bill that deals directly with people who have fled war, says that the government's view is that army tents can be defined as 'appropriate accommodation' as per the recommendations of the Houston report. I just find that astounding. Do you also believe that it is appropriate to send unaccompanied minors to Nauru for undefined periods of time? Does the minister accept that this legislation allows for the indefinite detention of unaccompanied minors?

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