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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 8599

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesAssistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (13:44): The government opposes this amendment. We consider this amendment unnecessary. The government has a range of accommodation options available to manage people in immigration detention. Superintendents have a specific focus on security and safety of immigration detention facilities and use intelligence to determine programs that ensure the good order of each facility and the protection of people housed in the facility. This bill does not purport to change how the government currently manages people in immigration detention. The department has a process for triaging and placement of detainees into appropriate accommodation. Placement decisions are made as part of a national risk-based approach to the placement of detainees within the network. The detainees' risk assessment and the risk rating of a facility are considered to minimise risks to other detainees, service providers, visitors and staff. Individual detainee needs are considered in line with the department's duty of care to all detainees. Non-citizens who have had their visa cancelled because they have been convicted of serious crimes will be in immigration detention or serve their sentence in prison, depending on their individual circumstances.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN: The question is that Greens' amendment (3) on sheet 7791 be agreed.