Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

6:10 pm

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

I cannot believe that this minister wants to play this ridiculous game with the people of Australia. It is clear that the minister's statement only a moment ago was wrong and was dishonest. This legislation is in complete contradiction to the convention, which says that people have a right to access the courts. Do the people on board the boats that we intercepted this week, who are at risk of being deported to a country other than Australia, have rights that are consistent with article 16 of the convention?

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