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Immigration: MV Tampa

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)

(12:39): I move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:
(i) 26 August 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of
the rescue of 433 asylum seekers by the MV Tampa,
(ii) this rescue was followed by the refusal of the
Coalition Government to allow the ship to enter Australian
shores in direct violation of both maritime conventions and
human rights obligations,
(iii) the majority of the asylum seekers, including
children, were detained indefinitely on Nauru, as part of the
Coalition's 'Pacific Solution', and
(iv) 10 years later, the Labor Government is still
pursuing offshore processing, through Australia's agreement
with Malaysia, and Australia's Memorandum of
Understanding with Manus Island;
(b) recognises a majority of Australians want asylum
seekers processed on the mainland, according to The
Age/Neilson poll published on 16 August 2011; and
(c) calls on the Government to abandon offshore
processing.
Question put.
The Senate divided. [12:40]
(The PRESIDENT: Senator the Hon. JJ Hogg)
Ayes ...................... 10
Noes ...................... 34

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