Senate debates

Thursday, 1 September 2016


Immigration Detention

12:41 pm

Photo of Lisa SinghLisa Singh (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney General) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) a large cache of documents has been made public regarding the treatment of asylum seekers including children on Nauru, and

  (ii) these documents contain concerning reports of alleged abuse; and

(b) call upon the Australian Government:

  (i) to reveal whether these serious and disturbing allegations of abuse have been investigated and the outcomes of those investigations, and

  (ii) to appoint an Independent Children's Advocate backed by adequate resources and statutory powers to ensure the rights and interests of children are protected.

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave not granted.

Photo of Stephen ParryStephen Parry (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that general business notice of motion No. 15 standing in the name of Senator Singh be agreed to.