Senate debates

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015; In Committee

5:14 pm

Photo of Gavin MarshallGavin Marshall (Victoria, Deputy-President) Share this | Hansard source

I understand what the minister says in that respect, but, given the historical nature of child abuse that we have seen throughout our own history in Australia in many areas, there is the fact that, if mandatory reporting had been available to us during those times, I do not think we would be confronting some of the enormous upheavals that we are seeing in our institutions at the moment. Given that this is an area where there have been many, many allegations made and given some of the difficulties and some of the secrecy that surrounds some of the activities in detention centres, why is the government reluctant to include mandatory detention in this bill and, if not in this bill, some other bill?


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