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Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Home Affairs


Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things (including controlled drugs, prescription drugs not taken by the person to whom they are prescribed, mobile phones, SIM cards and internet-capable devices) in relation to immigration detention facilities and detainees; enable authorised officers and assistants to search Commonwealth immigration detention facilities without a warrant; strengthen the search and seizure and screening powers of authorised officers; and enable the minister to issue binding written directions to authorised officers in relation to the exercise of their seizure powers.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14/05/20  
Second reading moved 14/05/20  
Second reading debate 31/08/20  
Second reading debate 02/09/20  
Second reading agreed to 02/09/20  
Consideration in detail debate 02/09/20  
Third reading agreed to 02/09/20  
Introduced and read a first time 03/09/20  
Second reading moved 03/09/20  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 25/07/22  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (14/05/2020): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (05/08/2020)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (10/06/2020): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 7 of 2020
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (17/06/2020): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 9 of 2020