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      7   DEFENCE HOUSING AS AN IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITY—REPORT FROM MAIN COMMITTEE

The Speaker reported that the order of the day relating to the private Member’s motion on Defence housing as an immigration detention facility had been debated in the Main Committee and returned to the House, and presented a certified copy of the motion viz.: Mr Robert—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is the professional manager of Defence houses;

(b)   the Department of Defence still retains over 1,650 homes that have not been handed over to DHA; and

(c)    the Government is using some of these 1,650 homes, notably over 50 at Inverbrackie, as a detention facility to house Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMA), rather than Defence families; and

(2)    calls on the Government to:

(a)    cease using Defence housing as an immigration detention facility;

(b)   hand over all houses managed by the Department of Defence to DHA; and

(c)    categorically state that it will not acquire the homes of Defence families for the purpose of housing the ever increasing number of IMA arriving in Australia as a result of the Government’s soft border protection policies.

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