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Thursday, 14 November 2013
Page: 338

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:53): I seek leave to move the following motion:

That the House:

(1) notes the:

(a) Prime Minister's failure to lead an 'open and transparent' government, despite promising the Australian people he would;

(b) repeated failure of the Minister for Immigration to answer questions inside and outside the Parliament; and

(c) Government's setting aside of ministerial responsibility to pursue media spin; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Immigration to immediately explain:

(a) details about the boat carrying Somali asylum seekers that arrived in Darwin on 11 November 2013;

(b) reported statements by BASARNAS concerning the Australian interception of an asylum seeker vessel and subsequent actions and events on or around November 7; and

(c) how the Government intends to pursue its election commitment to turn back boats to Indonesia and buy back boats in fishing villages.

Leave not granted.