Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Bills

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

10:11 pm

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

I think in my general responses we have answered that question. We are of course picking up the recommendations of the Houston report in a holistic way. This bill addresses part of that response, but there is obviously work still to do on other aspects of the proposal put forward.

Again, I cannot help but point out that you appear to be concerned about facets of legislation of the government, asking why we are not pursuing it, when in fact the Greens had the opportunity to support the government, in the face of opposition from the coalition, by supporting the Malaysia arrangement. You chose not to do it. I just point out that it is somewhat ironic that now you are questioning the government about the approach we take in adopting the Houston report recommendations holistically, as we have chosen to do out of necessity in trying to find an urgent resolution to the problem that we face.

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