Senate debates

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Bills

Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014; Second Reading

8:48 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I ostensibly rise to move Senator Hanson-Young's second reading amendment. My colleagues have done an excellent job of outlining the Australian Greens' deep concern to this legislation, so I move:

  At the end of the motion, add:

     but the Senate:

  (a) is of the view that there is no impediment to the government processing the claims of the 30,000 asylum seekers who are currently languishing in community and immigration detention; and

  (b) urges the government to:

     (i) commence processing straight away; and

     (ii) release all children from immigration detention immediately.

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