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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5354

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland— Leader of the Australian Democrats) (9.38 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the circumstances that drive people to attempt to travel from Indonesia to seek asylum in Australia are many and varied, and include long waiting periods in Indonesia for the resolution of claims for asylum and long delays in determining a durable solution for those found to be genuine refugees,

(ii) on 19 October 2001 a boat, now identified as `Suspect Illegal Entry Vessel X', carrying 421 passengers and crew including 70 children, sank with the tragic loss of 352 lives, and

(iii) a number of those who lost their lives had close family members in Australia who were undergoing refugee determination or who had been granted temporary protection visas;

(b) acknowledges the concerns raised by this tragedy within the Australian community and expresses its regret at the loss of life; and

(c) asks the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to grant those who have suffered such a loss, whether they are in detention awaiting a decision or are in the community on a temporary protection visa, a permanent visa on humanitarian grounds.

Question put.