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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 2728


Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (11:57): Prior to transfer, individuals will undergo an assessment of their particular circumstances to confirm that transfer is reasonably practicable and to identify any health issues or particular vulnerabilities that might need to be taken into account. This will be done on a case by case basis to assess individual circumstances. But we do consider sufficient safeguards are in place to protect vulnerable persons and that exempting children and their families would simply encourage people-smugglers to put children on boats to Australia.

The CHAIRMAN: The question is that Australian Greens amendments (1) to (4) on sheet 7383 be agreed to.