Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

9:19 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I would like to ask the minister whether the officers of the defence force who were deployed to Nauru this morning have been asked specifically to inquire into fresh water on Nauru. We know that the only water available on Nauru is that produced by the desalination plant, that there is no fresh water available on Nauru. During the Howard government's Pacific solution, fresh water was rationed to the detention centre. Have the members of the defence force deployed to Nauru today by the Prime Minister been asked to work out precisely how enough freshwater will be provided to look after the refugees we will be sending there?

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