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Second Reading Speech: The Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill (No.2) 2011

The speech read as follows-

The Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill (No.2) 2011 seeks to amend the Migration Act 1958 to require that any agreement to send asylum seekers to a third country is brought before both houses of parliament as a disallowable instrument.

Currently under section 198A, an 'offshore entry person' may be taken to a declared country, whereby the minister may, but is not obliged to declare in writing that the specified country:

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Asylum Seekers - Question Number 216

Asylum Seekers
(Question No. 216)

Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 23 November 2010:

(1) (a) How many asylum seekers, who have been found to be in genuine need of protection, are still awaiting their security clearance from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; and (b) of this number, can a breakdown be provided of the number of asylum seekers that have been held in detention for longer than 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee - 23/05/2011 - Estimates - IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

Senator Hanson-Young I want to follow on from questions in relation to the so-called Malaysian solution. I want to tease out some of the responses that you were giving in relation to particular parts of the Migration Act. Of course, we know that section 198A requires a declaration of a country where people can be taken to in order to have their claims assessed rather than being done here on Australian soil. You implied that there were other parts of the Migration Act that could be used to remove people if indeed you were not able to declare a country under that section.

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AusAID - Family Planning Funding


Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
AusAID has made a significant commitment to increasing its funding in the area of family planning. Can you please explain how investing in family planning contributes to the development of countries and the achievement of all the MDGs, and why it is so important for Australia to lead in this area, particularly in the Pacific?

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