Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

6:06 pm

Photo of Kate LundyKate Lundy (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation) Share this | Hansard source

The exemption from natural justice provides for an environment which we believe is necessary to make the legislation workable. Not to have that exemption would mean that any asylum seeker could challenge the designation of a given country, for example. That would render the processes ineffective. Our aim as a government is to have a system which is effective, and not having that exemption would make it unworkable. The other point I would like to make is about unaccompanied minors. I reinforce the point: there would be an assessment of unaccompanied minors' circumstances. Again, I reject your assertion as you expressed it.

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