Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

8:17 pm

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

If you are interested in putting into place the Houston committee's recommendations on what needs to be provided, the Greens have an amendment on the table which is word for word what the Houston committee recommended. In the absence of anything that is legally binding—and I go back to the fact that government has made sure that nothing here is legally binding when it comes to other countries—I want to be confident that there is appropriate accommodation in place, that there are health services in place. I cannot have any confidence about that unless this parliament actually says that is what we expect. The government has said you are going to put the Houston recommendations into place, so why not vote for them now?

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