Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Regulations and Determinations

Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013; Disallowance

3:41 pm

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

I move:

That, for the purposes of paragraph 48(1)(a) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, the Senate rescinds its resolution of 2 December 2013 disallowing the Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 234 and made under the Migration Act 1958.

I seek leave to make a one-minute statement.

Leave granted.

If the opposition join with the Greens to vote down this motion, they will be sending a very clear message to the people of Australia about where they stand on border protection and the fact that they have learned nothing from six years of failed border protection policies under the former Labor-Greens government. Australia elected this government with a clear task: to clean up Labor's mess and to stop the boats. It has now been 89 days since a successful maritime venture has reached Australia. The positive progress of Operation Sovereign Borders is not due to any single measure; it is a culmination of all of the government's policies to combat people smuggling. The opposition, if they choose, can team up with the Greens in the Senate today and vote against this motion. But rest assured that this government is resolute in its commitment to the Australian people that people who arrive illegally by boat will not be getting permanent protection visas from this government.


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