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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5656

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (19:18): I am not able to give those assurances because those conversations are yet to occur. The important point to make here is that the no advantage test operates effectively and to put a constraint or a 12-month limit on it completely undermines the principle—hence our opposition to the Greens amendment. I respect the Greens senators' view that they oppose this legislation, they oppose the principle of no disadvantage. In responding to these questions I cannot provide the detail Senator Milne is seeking but I acknowledge that she will keep asking questions that seek to give character to her opposition to our approach. We are motivated by the humanitarian interests of the people whose lives would otherwise be at risk in undertaking those journeys across the sea, and we stand by that.