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IMMIGRATION—BORDER PROTECTION

Senator Scullion, at the request of Senator Parry and pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 605—That the Senate notes that the Rudd Government's policies have seriously compromised the integrity of Australia's borders with far reaching consequences, including:

 (a) the increased activity of illegal people smuggling in Australia's region;

 (b) an increased number of unlawful arrivals taking perilous journeys;

 (c) the diversion of border protection agencies and resources; and

 (d) heightened security and biosecurity risks.

Debate ensued.

At 6 pm: Debate was interrupted while Senator Bilyk was speaking.