Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

7:02 pm

Photo of Christine MilneChristine Milne (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

There are 68,000, in fact—68,000 people have overstayed their visas in Australia, but they are not to be subjected to the advantage/disadvantage test. The question I want to ask the minister is: why is it that people from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan cannot get visas? Can you please tell me why it is they are not able to fly in on a student visa, a tourist visa or some other visa and seek asylum at the airport? Why is it that they have no option but to come by boat?

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