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18    Immigration— Asylum seekers—Offshore detention

Senator McKim, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 598—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       on 23 and 24 November 2017, Papua New Guinea police and immigration officials entered the Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island, with the Australian Federal Police playing an advisory role,

                                    (ii)       after three weeks of the refugees and people seeking asylum being starved and dehydrated, the Papua New Guinea police began the forcible removal of the men from the Regional Processing Centre,

                                  (iii)       this forcible removal included people being assaulted and beaten with metal rods,

                                  (iv)       the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that it had received reports that several men had been severely injured and medical treatment was paramount, and Mr Thomas Albrecht, the UNHCR regional representative, stated that ‘the situation still unfolding on Manus Island presents a grave risk of further deterioration, and of further damage to extremely vulnerable human beings’,

                                   (v)       Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has taken ten people to hospital in the past 24 hours, and

                                  (vi)       the men on Manus Island, and the men, women and children on Nauru are Australia’s responsibility and remain so; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to end offshore processing and detention, and bring to Australia every person who sought asylum in Australia and who is currently in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator Gallagher, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Bartlett

McKim

Rice

Steele-John

Di Natale

Rhiannon

Siewert*

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

 

 

 

NOES, 43

Senators—

Abetz

Collins

Kitching

Patrick

Anning

Duniam

Leyonhjelm

Pratt

Bernardi

Fawcett

Lines

Reynolds

Bilyk

Fierravanti-Wells

McAllister

Ruston

Brockman

Gallacher

McCarthy

Ryan

Burston

Gallagher

McGrath

Scullion

Bushby

Georgiou

McKenzie

Smith

Cameron

Griff

Moore

Urquhart*

Canavan

Hinch

O’Neill

Watt

Cash

Hume

O’Sullivan

Williams

Chisholm

Ketter

Paterson

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.