Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

6:59 pm

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

No, the legislation relates to those arriving as irregular maritime arrivals and by boat, our motivation being the saving of lives of people who would otherwise be motivated to undertake perilous journeys that we know can result in death and tragedy. That objective is a worthy one. The primary motivation on a humanitarian basis is to resolve a very difficult problem that Australia has been trying to manage, and we do not resile from that. This is about saving the lives of those who seek to undertake a dangerous journey by boat to Australia.

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