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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 266


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:16): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government remains steadfast in our commitment to strong and consistent border protection policies, including regional processing. Labor, with support from the Greens, handed control of our border and migration program to people-smuggling criminals. This government will not repeat the grave mistakes of Labor, which saw our border agencies overrun by 50,000 illegal arrivals that came on more than 800 boats. Sadly, Labor's border chaos resulted in at least 1,200 deaths at sea and saw more than 8,000 children put into detention. Our border protection policies will not change. No-one in regional processing centres will be resettled in Australia.