Thursday, 16 August 2012
Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012; In Committee
The agreements we strike with a designated country capture the intent and the body of the obligations that Australia has under our international conventions. This is transferred through the body of the agreement with the designated country and carried forth in that way. The designated countries are not Australia and therefore the application of the Commonwealth Ombudsman does not apply. But it is through the mechanism of the agreement, which must as we know withstand the scrutiny of parliament, that we are able to be confident of those conditions and parameters under which those people go to those countries.