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MIGRATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (REGIONAL PROCESSING AND OTHER MEASURES) BILL 2012

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research (Senator Evans)—That this bill be now read a second time—and on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz):

 At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate:

  (a) notes that the Government has accepted the Coalition's policy of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island; and

  (b) calls on the Government to implement the full suite of the Coalition's successful policies and calls on the Government to immediately:

   (i) restore temporary protection visas for all offshore entry persons found to be refugees,

   (ii) issue new instructions to Northern Command to commence to turn back boats where it is safe to do so,

   (iii) use existing law to remove the benefit of the doubt on a person's identity where there is a reasonable belief that a person has deliberately discarded their documentation, and

   (iv) restore the Bali Process to once again focus on deterrence and border security."

Debate resumed.

Documents: Senator Hanson-Young, by leave, tabled the following documents:

 Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012—Copies of children's drawings [5].

Debate continued.

Pursuant to order, debate was interrupted while Senator Smith was speaking.