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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 2079

Mr ORGAN (3:01 PM) —My question is directed to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister assure the electors of Cunningham, and all Australians, that he will act to ensure that no human being will be indefinitely incarcerated in Australia's immigration detention centres, especially if they have committed no crime or, for reasons beyond their control, cannot be removed from Australia? If yes, when will the Prime Minister act to remove this gross abuse of human rights and the law which is bringing shame upon this nation?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I can assure the electors of Cunningham—indeed, all the electors of Australia—that, for so long as I am Prime Minister, the laws of this country applying to immigration will be upheld.