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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5643

Senator MILNE (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (18:18): Just referring to a report from a group of people who say 'this is central to the plan' does not answer the question that my colleague just put. The convention says that people must not be discriminated against according to the mode of arrival to a country. You are discriminating against people who come by boat as opposed to those who come by air, for a start. That is contrary to the convention—yes or no? We are not asking whether the expert panel has said being able to discriminate is central to their plan; we are asking you whether it is completely contrary to what the convention says—that there will be no discrimination according to the way they arrive. Can you say yes or no?