Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

7:17 pm

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

That is clearly one of the reasons why this amendment is so important. The minister is saying that the legislation will be passed, and that will trigger a number of processes including the tabling in this parliament, no doubt within the week, of a designated place where we are going to see people being sent. Ministers are supposed to have documents and put them on the table, but now we find they do not have to exist and the ministers do not have to have them. The minister is saying the process will be triggered for determining how many years you have to be in detention in order to be advantage or disadvantage, but clearly that process is not going to be triggered until this legislation passes. Can the minister give me an assurance that, before there is a designation on this table of another place where people are going to be sent, you have in that document a statement of the length of time which constitutes the baseline for advantage or disadvantage?

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