Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

9:33 pm

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

I refute all of those claims made by Greens senators. The bill before us is part of a comprehensive response to the challenge we face. We are acting on the recommendations of the Houston review. We do so with the utmost integrity of our intent. We do not want to see more people lose their lives in undertaking dangerous journeys by boat. We do want to work with our neighbours in establishing a durable approach to orderly migration in our region and we do so with a genuine effort to remove any incentive and any motivation for people to take their life in their hands or to put it in the hands of the people smugglers that are trying to exploit their hardship.

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