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    14   INSTRUMENT OF DESIGNATION OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA AS A REGIONAL PROCESSING COUNTRY

Mr Bowen (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) presented the following documents:

Instrument of designation of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea as a regional processing country under subsection 198AB(1) of the Migration Act 1958 .

Documents in accordance with subsection 198AC(2) of the Migration Act 1958

Statement of reasons for thinking that it is in the national interest to designate the Independent State of Papua New Guinea to be a regional processing country.

Memorandum of understanding between the Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea and the Government of Australia, relating to the transfer to and assessment of persons in Papua New Guinea, and related issues.

Statement about arrangements that are in place, or are to be put in place, in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea for the treatment of persons taken to Papua New Guinea.

Statement about the consultations by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in relation to the designation of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea as a regional processing country, including the nature of those consultations.

and, by leave, moved—That, in accordance with subsection 198AB of the Migration Act 1958 , the House approve the instrument of designation of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea as a regional processing country.

Debate ensued.

Mr Bandt moved as an amendment—That the following words be added to the motion:

“and calls on the government to put in place a 12 month time limit on immigration detention in Papua New Guinea.”

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

A division having been called for, in accordance with standing order 133 the division was deferred until 8 p.m.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.