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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 9944

Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (22:21): First of all, I should point out to you that the provisions of the act apply only to persons aged 14 or over, but I think you are talking about the children of people to whom the act might apply, rather than minors to whom the act might apply. Is that right?

Senator McKim: Yes.

Senator BRANDIS: That is a circumstance to which the minister may have regard should he choose to exercise his discretion to excuse a person from the operation of the act. But it is not at all unknown for people to be deported from Australia who have children in Australia. It is not at a very common occurrence, but it is not at all unknown. The same would apply here, but there is a capacity for excusal, exercisable by the minister.

The CHAIRMAN: The question is that the bill stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendments; report adopted.