Page 2700 - Week 09 - Thursday, 8 August 2013

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We will continue to do our job as best we can with the committee structure, but it is fair to say that it is not optimal. It is not good for democracy. It is not good for this Assembly.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the negative.

Executive members business—precedence

Ordered that executive members business be called on.

Asylum seekers—treatment

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.19): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the issue of people seeking asylum from persecution is an international humanitarian issue;

(b) the majority of people seeking asylum who arrive by sea are subsequently found to be refugees under the Refugees Convention;

(c) the Federal Government has recently announced that no people seeking asylum from persecution arriving by sea will be settled in Australia;

(d) Australia, as one of the most stable and wealthy nations in the region, is able to provide humane and just responses to this humanitarian emergency; and

(e) the ACT has a proud history as a multicultural city that celebrates diverse cultures; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to write to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition expressing grave concern regarding the treatment of asylum seekers, the transfer of refugees to Papua New Guinea and Nauru, and Australia’s fulfilment of its international obligations.

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