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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5655

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (19:14): These issues will of course be determined in full consultation with the UNHCR. This process is yet to be undertaken and will be done in due course. It is obviously a key part, as it relates to what constitutes no advantage, but it is something that we need to determine in conjunction with consultation with all of the relevant parties.

I want to go back to a previous point. Senators have a habit of reflecting, as is their right, on my previous answer and then moving onto the next question, so I reserve my right to challenge the assertions being made. One of them relates to people arriving by air. I reiterate that our motivation for these amendments is to stem the people-smuggling trade and the flow of people travelling by boat to Australia. People are dying on those perilous journeys and our aim is to smash the people-smuggling trade and the means and the motivation for people getting on unsafe boats and risking their lives in the process.