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Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012

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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012

 

 

(1)           Schedule 1, page 6 (after line 28), after item 18, insert:

18B  After subsection 198AB(6)

Add:

          (6B)  If the Minister designates a country or has previously designated a country under subsection (1), the Minister must:

                     (a)  subject to the media access protocol referred to in paragraph (c), ensure that the country provides assurances that it will provide accredited media representatives with reasonable access to any place where a person who is an unauthorised maritime arrival for the purposes of this Act is detained, housed or otherwise held; and

                     (b)  subject to the media access protocol referred to in paragraph (c), ensure that the country provides assurances that it will provide accredited media representatives with reasonable access to interview and speak with a person (being a person who consents to be interviewed) who is an unauthorised maritime arrival for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (c)  enter into a media access protocol with the country that allows accredited media representatives to enter a place where a person who is an unauthorised maritime arrival is detained, housed or otherwise held for the purposes of:

                              (i)  general reporting on the facilities operation and status (including for the purpose of taking photographs, recordings and other footage); and

                             (ii)  interviewing and speaking with a person (being a person who consents to be interviewed) who is detained or otherwise held at the place; and

                     (d)  make publicly available the media access protocol referred to in paragraph (c).

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(2)           Schedule 1, page 12 (after line 14), after item 60, insert:

60B  Application provision—subsection 198AB(6B)

Subsection 198AB(6B) of the Migration Act, as inserted by this Schedule, applies in relation to a designation that is made before or after commencement.

[regional processing country]