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Friday, 25 November 2011
Page: 9695

Senator LUDWIG (QueenslandMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery) (15:24): The reason these amend­ments are necessary is that the words 'no unlawful right to come to Australia' form part of the elements of the people-smuggling offences in section 233A and 233C of the Migration Act 1958 that are not currently defined. The amendments in the bill are necessary to clarify beyond doubt the exist­ing understanding of the laws. The amendments will also ensure that convictions for people-smuggling offences that have already been made, as well as prosecutions underway, are not invalidated.