THE SENATE HAS JUST PASSED GREENS AMENDMENTS THAT SAY NO CHILD WILL BE LOCKED UP IN DETENTION CENTRES ON AUSTRALIAN SOIL. THIS IS A MASSIVE STEP FORWARD
As well as the new law to remove children from detention (with their parents), the Senate legislated to have the centres opened up to media scrutiny, to enforce the mandatory reporting of abuse and to reverse the punitive Border Force whistle-blower crackdown which covered doctors and nurses in detention.
Now, the legislation will return to the House of Representatives and it will be up to Malcolm Turnbull whether he reverses the will of the Senate and the people so that he can keep children locked up in detention.
Senate passes bill to remove children from onshore immigration detention centres – By political reporter Stephanie Anderson
A bill to remove all children from onshore immigration detention centres has passed the Senate with the support of the Greens, Labor and crossbenchers.
Amendments put forward by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young also call for greater media access to detention centres, with refusals to be tabled by the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
The amendments passed the upper house with the support of Labor, as well as crossbenchers Ricky Muir, David Leyonhjelm, Nick Xenophon, Dio Wang and John Madigan.
The amended Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No.1) will now return to the House of Representatives, where it is likely to be sunk by the government majority.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: “PM Turnbull either has to vote now to re-detain children, to lock journalists out of detention centre and to gag staff, or he sees the sense… I can’t imagine Malcolm Turnbull feeling very comfortable about voting in the house to re-detain kids.”