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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5637


Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (17:53): There is an exemption that the minister can use for particularly vulnerable people, but I think the primary point here is that the expansive use of exemptions would defeat the aim of the bill to stem the heinous crime of people-smuggling, as well as the overall objectives of the bill. I also want to add, with respect to your previous question about army tents, that of course we are talking about very short-term accommodation.