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Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009

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2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, Parts 1 to 3, page 4 (line 5) to page 7 (line 8), omit the parts, substitute:

Migration Act 1958

1  After section 214

Insert:

214A   Liability ceases for refugees

             (1)  If a person is assessed to be a refugee for the purposes of the Refugees Convention as amended by the Refugees Protocol, any immigration detention liability incurred under one or more of the provisions specified in subsection (2) ceases from the time the assessment is made.

             (2)  The provisions specified for the purposes of subsection (1) are:

                     (a)  section 209, 211, 262 or 264, or subsection 151(3) or 213(3), of the Migration Act 1958 ;

                     (b)  an undertaking or obligation prescribed by regulations made for the purposes of subsection 140H(1) of that Act;

                     (c)  an arrangement referred to in paragraph 145(c), 146(1)(b), 147(c) or 148(c) of that Act;

                     (d)  any other instrument.

2  Application

The amendment made by item 1 applies in respect of any liability of the kind referred to in subsection 214A(1) which exists at, or is incurred after, the commencement of this Schedule, whether the assessment referred to in that subsection is made before or after this Schedule commences.

 [liability ceases for refugees]

 

(2)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 2), omit “, Part 1”.

[consequential: commencement]

(3)     Clause 2, page 2 (table items 3 to 5), table items TO BE OPPOSED .

[consequential: commencement]