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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5673


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (20:48): I ask the minister directly why it is appropriate for the Commonwealth Ombudsman to have a statutory responsibility to inquire into detention centres in Australia but not detention centres that the government sets up offshore—out of sight, out of mind—when clearly the issue of transparency is more important when there is less access for others to see what is going on in those facilities.