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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 3548

Consideration of Senate Message

Bill returned from the Senate with amendments.

Ordered that the amendments be considered immediately.

Senate Amendments—

(1) Schedule 1, item 47A, page 10 (after line 15), after section 198AI, insert:

198AJ Reports about unauthorised maritime arrivals

   (1) The Minister must cause to be laid before each House of the Parliament, within 15 sitting days of that House after the end of a financial year, a report on the following:

      (a) arrangements made by regional processing countries during the financial year for unauthorised maritime arrivals who make claims for protection under the Refugees Convention as amended by the Refugees Protocol, including arrangements for:

         (i) assessing those claims in those countries; and

         (ii) the accommodation, health care and education of those unauthorised maritime arrivals in those countries;

      (b) the number of those claims assessed in those countries in the financial year;

      (c) the number of unauthorised maritime arrivals determined in those countries in the financial year to be covered by the definition of refugee in Article 1A of the Refugees Convention as amended by the Refugees Protocol.

   (2) However, a report under this section need deal with a particular regional processing country in accordance with subsection (1) only so far as information provided by the country makes it reasonably practicable for the report to do so.

   (3) A report under this section must not include:

      (a) the name of a person who is or was an unauthorised maritime arrival; or

      (b) any information that may identify such a person; or

      (c) the name of any other person connected in any way with any person covered by paragraph (a); or

      (d) any information that may identify that other person.

(2) Schedule 1, heading to Part 2, page 12 (line 1), after "Application", insert ", transitional".

(3) Schedule 1, page 12 (after line 19), after item 61, insert:

61A Transitional provision—section 198AJ of the Migration Act

   Section 198AJ of the Migration Act applies to the period beginning on 13 August 2012 and ending on the first 30 June after commencement as if that period were a financial year.