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Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Bill 2016

2013-2014-2015-2016

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Bill 2016

 

No.      , 2016

 

(Senator Hanson-Young)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958 , and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Schedules............................................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 4

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                      4

 

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958 , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Act 2016 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Objects

                   The objects of this Act are:

                     (a)  to provide that children detained under the Migration Act 1958 must not be held in immigration detention facilities but instead be placed, along with their immediate family members or guardians, in community residential facilities; and

                     (b)  to uphold Australia’s international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child done at New York on 20 November 1989, particularly as they relate to:

                              (i)  the primacy of the consideration of the child’s best interests (Article 3); and

                             (ii)  the principle that children must only be detained as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate time (Article 37).

Note:          In 2016, the Convention on the Rights of the Child could be viewed in the Australian Treaties Library on the AustLII website ( http://www.austlii.edu.au ).

4   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.