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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5657

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (19:23): Again, I go back to the point about having a sensible regional approach with which we work with our neighbours in the region. There are 43 million refugees around the world. We take a very small proportion of them—and, certainly, a still smaller proportion of them are irregular maritime arrivals. So I appreciate the sentiment, but I put it to you, Senator Milne—through you, Chair—that what you are suggesting is impractical with regard to achieving the objectives of having an orderly migration process and a durable regional approach to managing irregular migration.