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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5654

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (19:09): It is fairly clear, then. Thank you for clarifying, Minister. There is no limit on how long children will be detained in an offshore facility, and there is no distinction about whether a child is subject to the no-advantage test. We already know from our previous engagement that there is no reason why the minister has to take anything into consideration as to the vulnerabilities of these children. That is precisely why we must put a limit on the length of time spent in detention by children, their families and the other poor souls who risk their lives getting here, forced onto boats because they cannot take a plane ride. We do not let them. They are not lucky enough. They are not advantaged enough. That is precisely why. We need to limit the government's abuse of these people's human rights.