Tuesday, 25 November 2014
That the Senate—
(a) condemns the Government's decision to no longer resettle United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) approved refugees from Indonesia after 1 July 2014;
(b) recognises that there are more than 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees already registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia awaiting resettlement;
(c) calls on the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Mr Morrison) to heed the requests of Indonesia and urgently meet with his counterparts regarding the Australian Government's decision; and
(d) calls on the Government to reverse the decision and instead work collaboratively with our neighbours, accelerate refugee processing and increase Australia's intake from the region.
The government will not be supporting this motion because it is factually incorrect. The Australian government will be resettling UNHCR approved refugees from Indonesia after 1 July this year. What the Australian government will not be doing is putting ideology ahead of people's lives, which is exactly what Senator Hanson-Young and the Australian Greens have done in pursuing their continued advocacy for policies that led to the loss of over 1,200 people who died at sea.