Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

7:14 pm

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

These issues will of course be determined in full consultation with the UNHCR. This process is yet to be undertaken and will be done in due course. It is obviously a key part, as it relates to what constitutes no advantage, but it is something that we need to determine in conjunction with consultation with all of the relevant parties.

I want to go back to a previous point. Senators have a habit of reflecting, as is their right, on my previous answer and then moving onto the next question, so I reserve my right to challenge the assertions being made. One of them relates to people arriving by air. I reiterate that our motivation for these amendments is to stem the people-smuggling trade and the flow of people travelling by boat to Australia. People are dying on those perilous journeys and our aim is to smash the people-smuggling trade and the means and the motivation for people getting on unsafe boats and risking their lives in the process.

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