The majority voted against a motion that called for the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru to be closed and for all the asylum seekers there to be brought to Australia. The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Nick McKim (Tas).
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 20 June 2017 is World Refugee Day,
(ii) currently there are men, women and children on Nauru and Manus Island who sought Australia's protection,
(iii) Department of Immigration and Border Protection statistics of 30 April 2017 show that:
(A) of the 1 015 Refugee Status Determinations on Manus Island, 711 were positive and 224 negative, and
(B) of the 1 209 Refugee Status Determinations on Nauru, 1 034 were positive and 175 negative, and
(iv) the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants stated that: 'considering the incredible hardship that most of these asylum seekers and refugees have already endured in their countries of origin and in transit countries on their way to Australia, and considering that Australian authorities have been alerted to such serious issues by numerous reports from international organizations such as the United Nations and civil society organizations, Australia's responsibility for the physical and psychological damage suffered by these asylum seekers and refugees is clear and undeniable'; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to close the camps on Manus Island and Nauru and bring every man, woman and child to Australia.