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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Page: 4364

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:03): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The safety and security of the Australian community is the first priority of the coalition government. The coalition government has secured Australia's borders and returned integrity to our migration programs. We have taken back control from the people smugglers. Our offshore humanitarian programs are some of the most generous in the world, but they are also some of the most stringent. Applicants are subject to rigorous security screening processes carried out with security agencies in conjunction with our international partners. The coalition government is committed to honouring Australia's responsibilities under the refugee convention in a way that is both compassionate and secure.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Bernardi be agreed to.