Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

7:08 pm

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

I have answered this question previously. The minister for immigration is in a position to take into account and provide exemptions for unaccompanied minors and for others, as the minister sees fit, who have particular vulnerabilities. That would be the mechanism by which the time that they could spend there is potentially affected. I have already explained that, with regard to indefinite detention, the principle that we are applying is one of no advantage, and that does not specify a period of time, as this amendment seeks to do.

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