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16    Immigration— Operation Sovereign Borders

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1044—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that 18 September 2018 marks the five-year anniversary of the launch of the Abbott Coalition Government’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy, a military-led operation designed to break people-smuggling activities - principally originating from Indonesia - with boat turn-backs and intelligence gathering;

               (b)       acknowledges the roles of policy co-author, and now senator, Jim Molan, and the then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Mr Scott Morrison, in successfully implementing that policy; and

                (c)       affirms its strong support for the policy and continuing to protect Australia’s borders.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific (Senator Ruston), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.