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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5640


Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (18:06): The exemption from natural justice provides for an environment which we believe is necessary to make the legislation workable. Not to have that exemption would mean that any asylum seeker could challenge the designation of a given country, for example. That would render the processes ineffective. Our aim as a government is to have a system which is effective, and not having that exemption would make it unworkable. The other point I would like to make is about unaccompanied minors. I reinforce the point: there would be an assessment of unaccompanied minors' circumstances. Again, I reject your assertion as you expressed it.