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Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Page: 4986

Senator McKIM (Tasmania) (11:15): I seek leave to make a one-minute statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McKIM: Thank you. I appreciate the courtesy from the Senate. The Greens will be supporting this amendment from Senator Keneally because, as she has rightly pointed out, it would mean that those people who are currently in the medevac process would be able to continue through that process. What we are about to decide in this Senate, what we're about to do in this Senate, is dismantle the only element of humanity that existed in our offshore detention policy. We are about to dismantle the only aspect of our entire offshore detention regime that offered desperately ill people a modicum of hope. What we're about to do is take away that hope, take away that small chink of humanity that was crafted by this parliament, and it is a dark day. (Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the opposition amendment on sheet 8856 be agreed to.