Late last night our Greens motion passed the Senate - preventing Abbott from reintroducing Temporary Protection Visas that would see children, parents and families left with no hope of being reunited.
Today we can celebrate a win for basic decency and human rights. But Abbott’s agenda extends far beyond TPVs. The Government‘s obsession with fear mongering and cruelty has extended to tearing families apart - with mothers and fathers being forcibly separated from their newborn babies.
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (09:31): I rise today to speak to the bill currently before this chamber, the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012, that proposes to dump vulnerable men, women and children anywhere but here-a proposal put forward by this government that trashes Australia's obligations under international law and, of course, our obligations under the refugee convention.
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10:16): I rise today to speak in opposition to the Migration Legislation Amendment (The Bali Process) Bill 2012. This bill is, unfortunately, not the solution to saving people's lives. This bill does nothing to protect the many very vulnerable people who are desperate for safety and protection for their families.
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (12:29): I move: That the Senate-
(a) notes: (i) the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg in Russia has proposed a new law which will allow authorities to impose fines for public discussion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues, and (ii) the law would undermine the right to freedom of assembly and expression for LGBTI activists and community members, and has been condemned by human rights groups worldwide, including Amnesty International; and
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (12:23): I move: That the Senate- (a) notes that: (i) more than 3 000 Iranian exiles and asylum seekers reside at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, and (ii) these people are at risk of expulsion or refoulement, if the Iraqi Government persists in its plan to close the camp by the end of 2011; and
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (12:07): I, and also on behalf of Senator Pratt, move:
That the Senate-
(a) notes that:
(i) 20 November was Transgender Day of Remembrance, (ii) the event began in 1999 in San Francisco in the United States of America to honour, Ms Rita Hester, who was murdered on 28 November 1998, (iii) the annual event provides an opportunity to remember all those transgender people who have been killed in acts of anti-transgender violence;