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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—IMMIGRATION—BORDER SECURITY

The Deputy President (Senator Ferguson) informed the Senate that Senator Fifield had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The Gillard Government's failure to secure Australia's borders and refusal to implement effective and humane policies to deny people smugglers the product they sell.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.