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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Page: 646

Asylum Seekers

Mr MARLES (Corio) (14:29): My question is to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. On what basis did the minister publicly assert last Friday that the Abbott government's boat buyback policy was not a measure the Indonesian government wants to see as part of Australia's cooperative activities with Indonesia? Why did the minister say Indonesia does not want the boat buyback policy?

Mr MORRISON (CookMinister for Immigration and Border Protection) (14:29): The government work cooperatively with Indonesia on all matters and all matters we are implementing together with Indonesia are done with one simple purpose—that is, to stop the boats coming to Australia. That is what we are achieving and we are doing it cooperatively with Indonesia with every measure.

The SPEAKER: I call the honourable member for Kennedy.

Mr Katter: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. This question has already been answered, it could be argued, by the Prime Minister. But I think this question is wider in its purview than just on the particular issue concerning—

The SPEAKER: In recognising the member for Kennedy, I thought he was going to ask a question.

Mr Katter: Craving your indulgence, Madam Speaker, I will proceed with a question.

The SPEAKER: Right. You do not need indulgence for the question. Just proceed.