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Title

  • Motions Asylum Seekers
  • Motions - Asylum Seekers - Reverse decision not to resettle refugees from Indonesia

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Sarah Hanson-Young</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority didn't want to challenge the [Government's decision](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-18/resettlement-path-for-asylum-seekers-in-indonesia-cut-off/5900962) to stop resettlement of [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_High_Commissioner_for_Refugees) (UNHCR) approved refugees from Indonesia after 1 July 2014.
  • Greens Senator [Sarah Hanson-Young](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/sa/sarah_hanson-young) had introduced a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2014-11-25.97.1) that asked the Government "to reverse the decision and instead work collaboratively with our neighbours, accelerate refugee processing and increase Australia's intake from the region".
  • ### Wording of the motion
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) condemns the [Government's decision](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-18/resettlement-path-for-asylum-seekers-in-indonesia-cut-off/5900962) to no longer resettle [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_High_Commissioner_for_Refugees) (UNHCR) approved refugees from Indonesia after 1 July 2014;*
  • > *(b) recognises that there are more than 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees already registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia awaiting resettlement;*
  • > *(c) calls on the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection ([Mr Morrison](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/cook/scott_morrison)) to heed the requests of Indonesia and urgently meet with his counterparts regarding the Australian Government's decision; and*
  • > *(d) calls on the Government to reverse the decision and instead work collaboratively with our neighbours, accelerate refugee processing and increase Australia's intake from the region.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) condemns the Government's decision to no longer resettle United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) approved refugees from Indonesia after 1 July 2014;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) recognises that there are more than 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees already registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia awaiting resettlement;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(c) calls on the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Mr Morrison) to heed the requests of Indonesia and urgently meet with his counterparts regarding the Australian Government's decision; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(d) calls on the Government to reverse the decision and instead work collaboratively with our neighbours, accelerate refugee processing and increase Australia's intake from the region.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Michaelia Cash</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Stephen Parry</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Michaelia Cash</p>
  • <p>The government will not be supporting this motion because it is factually incorrect. The Australian government will be resettling UNHCR approved refugees from Indonesia after 1 July this year. What the Australian government will not be doing is putting ideology ahead of people's lives, which is exactly what Senator Hanson-Young and the Australian Greens have done in pursuing their continued advocacy for policies that led to the loss of over 1,200 people who died at sea.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Stephen Parry</p>
  • <p>The question is that notice of motion No. 527, moved by Senator Hanson-Young, be agreed to.</p>
  • <p></p>