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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Page: 1493


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaAssistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women) (16:08): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CASH: The government will not be supporting this motion. As previously stated, Operation Sovereign Borders is a military-led border security operation. It has clear, established and communicated protocols designed by the joint-agency taskforce led by Lieutenant General Campbell to support the effectiveness of the operation. These procedures ensure that people smugglers do not use official information to sell and promote their product and to create false perceptions amongst potential illegal entrants to Australia. Information regarding the incident to which the motion refers has been released in the form of two media releases from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on 5 December, in addition to comments by both the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Lieutenant General Campbell in the Operation Sovereign Borders briefing on Friday, 6 December. I refer the senator to those statements and transcripts.

Question agreed to.