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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Page: 8645

Second Reading

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this bill be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

(1)   Schedule 1, item 25, page 10 (after line 8), after section 198AD, insert:

198ADA 12 month limit on transfer to offshore processing country

(1)   The Minister must ensure that a person who is transferred to an offshore processing country under section 198AD is transferred to Australia no later than 12 months after the day on which the person arrived in the offshore processing country.

(2)   Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who is not in the offshore processing country 12 months after the day on which the person arrived in the country.

(3)   Section 198AD does not apply in relation to a person who is transferred to Australia under subsection (1).

to which the following amendment was moved:

(1) Schedule 1, item 25, page 6 (lines 14 to 16), omit paragraph (d), substitute:

(d) the designation of a country to be an offshore processing country need be determined only by reference to the fact that the country is a party to the Refugees Convention or the Refugees Protocol.

(2) Schedule 1, item 25, page 6 (lines 20 to 23), omit subsection 198AB(2), substitute:

(2) The only conditions for the exercise of the power under subsection (1) are that the Minister thinks that it is in the national interest to designate the country to be an offshore processing country, and that the country is a party to the Refugees Convention or the Refugees Protocol.

(3) Schedule 1, item 25, page 8 (lines 7 to 9), omit paragraph (f), substitute:

(f) a copy of the instruments of accession by the country to the Refugees Convention or the Refugees Protocol.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (09:11): The original question was that this bill be now read a second time. To this the honourable member for Melbourne has moved an amendment and the honourable member for Cook has moved an amendment to the member for Melbourne's amendment to the motion for the second reading. The immediate question is that the amendment moved by the member for Cook to the amendment moved by the member for Melbourne be agreed to.