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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5640


Senator MILNE (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (18:06): Okay. I thank the minister for making it clear that the reason we are specifically saying natural justice will not apply is so that nobody can have the right to challenge under the legislation. I ask the minister whether exempting the minister from having to provide natural justice is consistent with the refugee convention or the human rights convention.

Senator LUNDY: I answered questions earlier relating to what the minister needed to take into account in designating a country, including the fact that that is tested before both houses of parliament and the opportunity to challenge those designations and the basis upon which they have been put forward in the parliament itself.