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    11   AFGHAN ASYLUM SEEKERS

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Morrison—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugees Convention) states that ‘contracting States shall apply the provisions of this Convention to refugees without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin’;

(b)   the Government suspended the processing of asylum seeker applications from Afghanistan on 9 April 2010; and

(c)    there are more than 5,000 persons currently being detained by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the mainland and Christmas Island; and

(2)    calls for the:

(a)    immediate lifting of the discriminatory suspension of processing of claims by Afghan asylum seekers;

(b)   immediate processing of asylum claims of all Afghans held in detention; and

(c)    Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to provide subclass 449 safe haven visas to successful refugees, to accommodate potential changes in refugee status resulting from changed conditions in the country of origin.

—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Morrison, viz.— That the motion be amended to read—That this house:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugees Convention) states that ‘contracting States shall apply the provisions of this Convention to refugees without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin’;

(b)   the Government suspended the processing of asylum seeker applications from Afghanistan on 9 April 2010; and

(c)    there are more than 5,000 persons currently being detained by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the mainland and Christmas Island;

(2)    condemns the Rudd Gillard Government for their imposition of a discriminatory freeze of the assessment of asylum applications for persons from Afghanistan arriving in Australia; and

(3)    calls for the introduction of proven policies proposed by the Coalition to address unprecedented irregular maritime arrivals to Australia, including:

(a)    the application of temporary visas for all persons who have arrived illegally in Australia;

(b)   the reopening of a third country processing centre in Nauru for irregular maritime arrivals to Australia;

(c)    being prepared to turn around boats where the circumstances permit;

(d)   streamline the appeals process by removing the panel system and replace with a review by a single case officer as practiced by the UNHCR;

(e)    presuming against refugee status determination for persons who are reasonably believed to have destroyed or discarded their identity documentation; and

(f)    return unsuccessful claimants for refugee status to their country of origin.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

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The House divided (the Speaker, Mr Jenkins, in the Chair)—

AYES, 72

Mr Abbott

Mr Fletcher

Ms Ley

Mr Ruddock

Mr Alexander

Mr Forrest

Mr McCormack

Mr Schultz

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Frydenberg

Mr Macfarlane

Mr Scott

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Ms Gambaro

Ms Marino

Mr Secker*

Mr Baldwin

Mrs Gash

Mrs Markus

Mr Simpkins

Mr Billson

Mrs Griggs

Mr Matheson

Mr Slipper

Mrs B. K. Bishop

Mr Haase

Mrs Mirabella

Mr A. D. H. Smith

Ms J. I. Bishop

Mr Hartsuyker

Mr Morrison

Mr Somlyay

Mr Briggs

Mr A. G. Hawke

Mr Neville

Dr Southcott

Mr Buchholz

Mr Hockey

Mr O’Dowd

Dr Stone

Mr Chester

Mr Hunt

Ms O’Dwyer

Mr Tehan

Mr Christensen

Mr Irons

Mrs Prentice

Mr Truss

Mr Ciobo

Dr Jensen

Mr Pyne

Mr Tudge

Mr Cobb

Mr E. T. Jones

Mr Ramsey

Mr Turnbull

Mr Coulton*

Mr Katter

Mr Randall

Mr van Manen

Mr Crook

Mr Keenan

Mr Robb

Mr Vasta

Mr Dutton

Mr C. Kelly

Mr Robert

Dr Washer

Mr Entsch

Mr Laming

Wyatt Roy

Mr Wyatt

NOES, 73

Mr Adams

Mrs Elliot

Dr Leigh

Ms Roxon

Mr Albanese

Ms Ellis

Ms Livermore

Mr Rudd

Mr Bandt

Dr Emerson

Mr Lyons

Ms Saffin

Ms Bird

Mr L. D. T. Ferguson

Mr McClelland

Mr Shorten

Mr Bowen

Mr M. J. Ferguson

Ms Macklin

Mr Sidebottom

Ms Brodtmann

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Marles

Mr S. F. Smith

Ms A. E. Burke

Mr Garrett

Mr Melham

Ms Smyth

Mr A. S. Burke

Mr Georganas

Mr Mitchell

Mr Snowdon

Mr Butler

Mr Gibbons

Mr Murphy

Mr Swan

Mr Byrne

Ms Gillard

Mr Neumann

Mr Symon

Mr Champion

Mr Gray

Mr Oakeshott

Mr C. R. Thomson

Mr Cheeseman

Ms Grierson

Mr O’Connor

Mr K. J. Thomson

Mr Clare

Mr Griffin

Ms O’Neill

Ms Vamvakinou

Ms Collins

Ms Hall*

Ms Owens

Mr Wilkie

Mr Combet

Mr Hayes*

Ms Parke

Mr Windsor

Mr Crean

Mr Husic

Mr Perrett

Mr Zappia

Mr Danby

Mr S. P. Jones

Mr Ripoll

 

Mrs D’Ath

Dr M. J. Kelly

Ms Rishworth

 

Mr Dreyfus

Ms King

Ms Rowland

 

* Tellers

Pairs

Ms Plibersek                  Mr Broadbent

Mr Bradbury                  Mrs Moylan

And so it was negatived.

Question—That the motion be agreed to—put and negatived.