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Mental health of assylum seekers

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:19): Mr President, my question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Carr. Last night the President of the Australian Medical Association stated that the system of mandatory detention is inherently harmful to the physical and mental health of detainees, particularly of children. When will the government recognise that the policy of mandatory detention severely damages those seeking our protection, not just now but for years to come?

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Asylum seeker agreement with Malaysia

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (16:04): I seek leave to amend business of the Senate notice of motion No. 2 standing in my name by omitting in paragraph (h) 'unaccompanied minor' and substituting 'irregular maritime arrivals'.

Leave granted.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I move the motion as amended:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 September 2011:

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Libyan Students

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (South Australia)

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:
1) That the Senate notes that:
a) there are more than 650 Libyan students enrolled in Australia;
b) the broader political situation in Libya and the international economic sanctions imposed on Libya threatens the funding available to many of these students;

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Immigration - Commonwealth Ombudsman

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Thank you, Mr Asher, for coming along today. I was keen to focus the questions that I have in relation to your role as the Ombudsman looking after areas of immigration. Of course, one of the roles that you have specifically is in relation to reviewing the individual cases of people who have been held for a certain amount of time within detention. I imagine that workload has gotten significant in the past year or so and yet it seems as though there is not much increase-or no increase really-in the budget to allow you to continue to do that work.

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Tiger Airways

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:24): My question is to the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Sherry. The Greens welcome the government's support for CASA's moves to protect the safety of passengers by grounding Tiger Airways. In light of this, however, the airline continued to sell tickets for five days, including bookings for flights in the month of July which have subsequently been cancelled. What action will the government take to stop Tiger or any other carrier from doing this in the future? 

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Marriage Equality

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (16:48): I move:
That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the New York State Congress has legislated for marriage equality, and

(ii) in doing so, New York has joined the following states of the United States of America, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Washington DC and New Hampshire, along with more than 10 other nations;

(b) recognises that Australia is one of only a few democratic nations that does not provide same-sex couples with equal marriage rights; and

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Same-Sex Marriage

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (13:10): I rise today to speak to a matter that is important to many people, particularly those both within and outside this chamber, who believe in fairness and equality: the issue of marriage equality. Since I first introduced my bill back in 2009, the momentum for this important reform has continued to grow.

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Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 309-That the Senate-

(a) notes that after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 the Hawke Labor Government allowed many thousands of Chinese students studying in Australia to stay after their visas had expired; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

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