Thursday, 4 February 2016
The government will be opposing this motion but will not be calling a division. The government remains committed to its border protection policy including regional processing. The government does not want to see boats arriving again and children put at risk of drowning on those voyages. Our policy for moving transferees and refugees to Australia and returning them to a regional processing country at the conclusion of medical treatment has not changed. The government will maintain its compassionate approach to those in Australia accessing medical attention. We will continue our practice of assessing any returns on a case-by-case basis.