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IMMIGRATION—DETENTION

Senator Hanson-Young amended general business notice of motion no. 341 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the release in January 2009 of the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2008 Immigration detention report, and

  (ii) this report highlights, among other things, that asylum seekers, including children, are able to still be held indefinitely despite assurances by the Rudd Government that detention is only being used as a last resort, and for the shortest possible time;

 (b) recognises that the lack of available merits and judicial review for people detained in immigration detention has resulted in people being held wrongfully, unlawfully and for a period of years; and

 (c) calls on the Government to translate its `new directions' for Australia's immigration detention system into policy, practice and legislative change as soon as possible.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMilne (Teller)Xenophon
FieldingLudlam

NOES, 42


Senators—
AbetzCollinsHurleyPayne
ArbibConroyHutchinsPolley
BernardiCormannJoycePratt
BilykCrossinLudwigRonaldson
BishopFarrellLundySherry
BoyceFeeneyMarshallStephens
BushbyFergusonMcLucasTroeth
CameronFierravanti-WellsMooreWilliams
CarrFisherNashWortley
CashFurnerO'Brien
ColbeckHoggParry (Teller)

Question negatived.