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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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Senator McKIM (Tasmania) (15:49): I seek leave to make a one-minute statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McKIM: The Greens will be supporting this motion; however, we note that Australia's humanitarian intake should be raised to 50,000 annually, not 19,000 or 27,000. But as it is World Refugee Day I would be remiss if I did not point out that Labor, along with the Liberal and Nationals parties, continues to support the indefinite detention of refugees and people seeking asylum on Manus Island and Nauru. So, to the reasonable senators of the Labor Party: no, you might not be verbally defending these policies, but you keep voting for them, and every time you vote for them you endorse them. So, stop voting to endorse torture, stop voting to endorse offshore detention, stop voting for misery, look at what is happening around the world and start voting for the values you were elected on.

Question agreed to.