Senate debates

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers

4:10 pm

Photo of Kerry NettleKerry Nettle (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—
(a)   notes:
(i)   that 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been transferred to Nauru,
(ii)   claims by one of the asylum seekers that they were ‘detained and tortured’ and that he witnessed five of his friends being shot, and
(iii)   that the Government lacked the support of the Senate to expand offshore processing and did not proceed in 2006 with its Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill 2006; and
(b)   calls on the Government to assess the protection claims of these asylum seekers fairly on the Australian mainland.

Question negatived.

We note that that motion was not supported by either of the two major parties.

Photo of John HoggJohn Hogg (Queensland, Deputy-President) Share this | | Hansard source

That will be noted.