Senate debates

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014; In Committee

9:37 am

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

The Australian Greens support this amendment. We have been concerned since day one about the impact of changing, effectively, the risk threshold of the assessment.

Senator Ian Macdonald interjecting—

Senator Wright interjecting—

Excuse me, Chair. I am just going to ask for this conversation to happen a little more quietly so I can continue speaking, if that is all right. Can you just be a little quieter.

The Australian Greens support this amendment. We are very concerned, of course, about changing the risk threshold. While I understand that the government believe that their assessment has been that it was needed, I am thankful that it proves that in this place, when you have senators that are concerned and listen to what the experts say, particularly through the inquiry process, we are able to make positive changes to government legislation. I commend the opposition and my fellow crossbenchers for standing strong on this particular point.

The CHAIRMAN: The question is that schedule 2 stand as printed.

Question negatived.

The CHAIRMAN: Senator Carr, given that this is a related matter, maybe you could move amendment (1) on sheet 7578 now. It is on the same matter.


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