Wednesday, 7 September 2022
Questions without Notice
First Nations Australians
My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Watt. Your government has recently withdrawn the appeal of Montgomery. Prior to that, an estimated 10 to 15 people asserting their sovereign Aboriginal identity were still in immigration detention. Has the Labor government released all Aboriginal people from immigration detention? If not, when will they be released?
Thank you, Senator Thorpe, for the question. This is an important issue. A significant decision was made by the government to not pursue that litigation, as you are aware. I will have to get you the exact details as to the numbers that you are seeking. I will provide that to you as quickly as I can.
Thank you, Minister, for your answer. My second question is: when will the Labor government reinstate the visas of Aboriginal people released from immigration detention so as to restore the rights they held prior to the coalition government cancelling their visas?
Thank you, Senator Thorpe. I am happy to come back to you with the precise details of that. I am aware that there has been some action taken to implement the effect of that decision. I just want to make sure I have the details absolutely correct before I provide them to the chamber.