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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9244


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:13): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The coalition government is committed to the strong and consistent border protection measures that have stopped the boats and prevented deaths at sea. The government's position has not changed. Any resettlement of refugees in New Zealand would have serious implications for Operation Sovereign Borders. The government will not be dictated to by the Greens on border security. We have seen the tragic consequences of Labor-Greens border policy in the past. Labor-Greens mistakes saw 1,200 men, women and children drown at sea and 8,000 children placed into detention. We will never allow this to happen again.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion No. 612, as amended, be agreed to.

Senator Dodson did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Parry.

Senator Farrell did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Nash.

Senator Sterle did not vote to compensate for the resignation caused by the vacancy of Senator Xenophon.