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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 25


Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) (11:50): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RUSTON: The first and most important priority of the government is securing our nation and keeping Australians safe. In doing this, it is critical that we first secure our borders. Operation Sovereign Borders has ended the deaths at sea and has returned integrity to our migration program. We will decide who comes to this country, not the people smugglers. We must never return to the disastrous policies that saw 50,000 people arrive on more than 800 boats, 8,000 children detained and at least 1,200 people drown at sea.

Question agreed to.