Senate debates

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Asylum Seekers

4:00 pm

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

I move:

That the Senate—
the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to continuing with the excised territories of Christmas Island, Cocos Islands and Ashmore Reef, and
the sheer expense of running the offshore detention facility on Christmas Island;
recognises concerns raised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and the Refugee Council of Australia, to the limited access to sufficient health facilities, resources, and torture and trauma counselling services, due to the remoteness and isolation of the Christmas Island detention facilities from mainland Australia; and
calls on the Government to end the policy of excision and bring all offshore arrivals to the mainland for processing.

Question put.