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31    Immigration— Asylum seekers—Offshore detention

Senator McKim, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 575—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       Australia’s offshore processing regime is a deliberately cruel policy that has created humanitarian crises on Manus Island and Nauru,

                                    (ii)       there remain hundreds of men on Manus Island in the care of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Mr Dutton) who are suffering greatly because of his decision to cut off their access to drinking water, food, electricity and medication,

                                  (iii)       threats by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary to use force against detainees at the Manus Island detention centre are unprecedented and potentially highly dangerous, and

                                  (iv)       the men on Manus Island and the men, women and children on Nauru are Australia’s responsibility and remain so; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to end offshore detention, and bring to Australia every person who sought asylum in Australia and who is currently in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator Gallagher, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.