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Notice given 16 August 2005

219  Senator Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 26 August 2005 marks the 4th anniversary of the rescue of 433 asylum seekers by the MV Tampa ,

(ii) this rescue was followed by the refusal of the Government to allow the ship to enter Australian waters,

(iii) the asylum seekers did not have access to adequate medical care, legal advice or sanitary conditions, particularly for the pregnant women and children who were on board,

(iv) the MV Tampa was boarded by Australian Special Air Services troops and the asylum seekers taken to Nauru,

(v) the unnecessary and degrading cost of the resulting Pacific Solution is estimated at close to a billion dollars which does not take into consideration the cost of human suffering, and

(vi) some of the refugees rescued by the MV Tampa are still on temporary protection visas and have therefore not been able to reunite with their families after more than 4 years apart;

(b) expresses the view that many of the changes made to the Migration Act 1958 following the MV Tampa incident have undermined basic legal principles such as equality before the law, procedural fairness, transparent accountability of the actions of Commonwealth officers and protecting against refoulement; and

(c) calls for review and reform of the Act, and an end to the Pacific Solution, mandatory detention and temporary protection visas.

221  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges research by the Centre for Genetics Education on attitudes to predictive genetic testing as a part of the Australian National University’s Australian Survey of Social Attitudes;

(b) notes that the research reveals many Australians oppose genetic testing for insurance and employment purposes due to concerns about potential discrimination;

(c) notes that the Government has not yet released its response to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) report no. 96, Essentially yours: The protection of human genetic information in Australia ; and

(d) calls on the Government to respond to the ALRC’s report and implement federal laws to protect our genetic privacy and prevent discrimination.