Thursday, 16 August 2012
Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012; In Committee
It is very important that I challenge the assertions made by Senator Hanson-Young. I think the senator knows that her misrepresentations are designed to underline the political point of view that the Greens bring to this debate, and we reject each and every one of them wholeheartedly. It is not an accurate representation in any way of this government's endeavours to resolve a long-standing and very challenging problem. We do so with the utmost integrity. We have taken advice from a panel of eminent Australians in trying to come to a solution that is durable, humanitarian foremost in its intent, and implemented in such a way that still provides for the oversight not of the executive of the government, not of an external entity, not of the minister, but of both houses of parliament.