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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5638


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (17:57): This is of great concern, because Australia has obligations not just under the refugee convention but also under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In particular, when we are dealing with refugee children, article 22 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child specifies how we must treat those children. If the public interest test is what the minister is using, what happened to the best interests of the child test? Why is that not used as the criterion?