The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, which means the motion failed. The motion called for more transparency over the Australian asylum seeker processing system.
That the Senate—
(a) acknowledges that 20 June 2014 is World Refugee Day, when all nations recognise the resilience and humanity of forcibly displaced people around the world;
(b) notes the vast and positive contribution that refugees have made and continue to make to Australian society;
(c) reaffirms Australia's strong commitment to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol in recognition of the need to restore hope to those seeking protection in our region; and
(d) calls on the Government to:
(ii) be more transparent and open about the conditions and circumstances experienced by asylum seekers in immigration detention centres controlled by the Australian Government,
(ii) establish independent and systematic monitoring of sites of immigration detention, and
(iii) take steps to prevent further incidents and improve safety and conditions for asylum seekers in immigration detention centres.