Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

8:10 pm

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

I think I responded to this question in substance when I first spoke to this amendment. We believe firmly that the agreement can contain the sorts of measures as outlined and that it will be subject to the scrutiny of parliament. The other point I made to Senator Milne, through you Mr Temporary Chairman, is that to create openings that would allow for High Court challenges to the legislation to occur would render it unworkable, and we believe that in fact the appropriate test is withstanding the scrutiny of parliament. We have been through in detail what that process is.

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