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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5658


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (19:26): I appreciate the minister clarifying that this legislation allows for the indefinite detention of children, even once we have determined them to be refugees. That is precisely what the minister just said. There is no time limit on how long a child can be detained, even after their refugee status has been determined. They will continue to be detained while we wait to find somewhere else to dump them. I move the Australian Greens amendment on sheet 7264:

Schedule 1, item 25, page 10 (after line 12), after section 198AD, insert:

198ADA 12 month limit on transfer to regional processing country

   (1)   The Minister must ensure that a person who is transferred to a regional processing country under section 198AD is transferred to Australia no later than 12 months after the day on which the person arrived in the regional processing country.

   (2)   Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person who is not in the regional processing country 12 months after the day on which the person arrived in the country.

   (3)   Section 198AD does not apply in relation to a person who is transferred to Australia under subsection (1).