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24    Immigration— Asylum seekers—Resettlement offer from New Zealand

Senator McKim amended general business notice of motion no. 612 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—

(1)       That the Senate—

(a)       notes that:

                                                        (i)       the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, has continued to pressure Australia to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees who are currently in offshore detention,

                                                      (ii)       New Zealand will begin work to expedite processing refugees if, and when, the offer is accepted, and

                                                     (iii)       Prime Minister Ardern stated ‘We made the offer because we saw a great need. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done’; and

(b)       calls on the Government to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees and negotiate conditions similar to the United States refugee resettlement agreement.

(2)       That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

McKim

Rice

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Brown

Ketter

O’Neill

Singh

Cameron

Kitching

Patrick

Steele-John

Carr

Lines

Polley

Urquhart*

Chisholm

McAllister

Pratt

Watt

Collins

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

 

 

 

NOES, 24

Senators—

Abetz

Duniam

Hume

Paterson

Brockman

Fawcett

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Burston

Fierravanti-Wells

Macdonald

Reynolds

Bushby*

Fifield

McGrath

Ruston

Canavan

Georgiou

McKenzie

Ryan

Cash

Hinch

O’Sullivan

Williams

* Tellers

Question agreed to.