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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—IMMIGRATION—ASYLUM SEEKERS

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) 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 acceptance of the Coalition's policy of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and the continuing need for the Government to implement the full suite of the Coalition's successful policies.

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

After 5 pm—