Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Minister for Home Affairs
I move motion No. 1103, standing in the name of Senator Pratt:
That the Senate orders that—
(a) the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs be required to attend the Senate on 29 November 2018, prior to government business being called on, to make a statement responding to the matters raised in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee report, Allegations concerning the inappropriate exercise of ministerial powers, with respect to the visa status of au pairs, and related matters;
(b) at the conclusion of the statement, any senator may move a motion to take note of the minister's statement;
(c) any such motion may be debated for no longer than one hour and shall have precedence over all government business until determined; and
(d) a senator may speak to the motion for no more ten minutes.
This motion is nothing more than a cheap political stunt. Labor should be embarrassed for relying on the fabricated evidence of the disgraced former Australian Border Force commissioner. They should be embarrassed for pursuing a Senate inquiry which only proved that the Minister for Home Affairs acted within his ministerial power. These base political games cannot change the fact that the Liberal-National government has ended Labor's chaos at the border. The government has stopped the boats, ended the deaths at sea, got all the children out of detention and kicked thousands of non-citizen criminals, including murderers, child sex offenders and outlaw motorcycle gang members out of our country.