Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Questions without Notice

Asylum Seekers

2:23 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) Share this | Hansard source

Unlike under the former policies of Labor, which were supported wholeheartedly by the Greens, these refugees will have a chance of obtaining one of the very precious places in Australia's Humanitarian Settlement Services program. The fundamental difference between the policies now implemented by the Abbott government and the former policies of the Labor-Greens government is that every one of those 13,750 precious places in our program will go to refugees languishing in UNHCR camps—refugees like 10-year-old Halima from Somalia, whom the former government, supported wholeheartedly by the Greens, deliberately turned their backs on. There is nothing compassionate about a policy of deliberately turning your backs on people who are languishing in UNHCR camps. (Time expired)


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