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 30 MIGRATION AMENDMENT (DURATION OF DETENTION) BILL 2003

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Ms Gillard who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House condemns the Howard Government for keeping children in detention and calls on the Howard Government to:

(1) immediately ensure that children and their families are taken out of high security detention centres and housed in alternative detention arrangements;

(2) immediately ensure that all unaccompanied children are placed into foster or community care arrangements;

(3) honour the Prime Minister's statements that contact with fathers is vital for children by allowing complete family units to be together in alternative detention arrangements; and

(4) acknowledge the numerous reports from mental health professionals that life behind razor wire is fundamentally damaging to children".

Debate adjourned (Mr Randall), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.