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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5642

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (18:16): I appreciate the committee's patience, but I am doing my best to make sure that I get accurate information. Again the principle here is designed to prevent death and tragedy at sea. We know that people arriving by boat are at enormous risk, as we have seen over the last few months with the tragedies which have occurred. Therefore, we put the humanitarian interests of saving lives at the forefront of our considerations.