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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Page: 10803

Asylum Seekers


Ms JULIE BISHOP (CurtinDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:13): My question is to the Prime Minister. How many asylum seekers have been processed outside Australia by this government since the government closed the Howard government's Nauru processing centre and abolished the Pacific solution?


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:13): The Deputy Leader of the Opposition knows the answer to that question. Perhaps she might want to supply the answer to the question: how many asylum seekers will not be processed offshore because of the reckless negativity of this opposition? You are right: on the strategy you are wrong. The opposition stands for zero when it comes to offshore—

Ms Julie Bishop: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has concluded.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Cook is warned. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition is warned.

Mr Hawke interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Mitchell will leave the chamber for one hour under standing order 94(a).

The member for Mitchell then left the chamber—