Conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at the regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea

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Noting the sovereignty of the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and within the limits of Australia‘s sovereignty:

  1. conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at the regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea;
  2. transparency and accountability mechanisms that apply to the regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea;
  3. implementation of recommendations of the Moss Review in relation to the regional processing centre in the Republic of Nauru;
  4. the extent to which the Australian-funded regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea are operating in compliance with Australian and international legal obligations;
  5. the extent to which contracts associated with the operation of offshore processing centres are:
    1. delivering value for money consistent with the definition contained in the Commonwealth procurement rules,
    2. meeting the terms of their contracts, and
    3. delivering services which meet Australian standards; and
  6. any other related matter.

Parliamentary privilege

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However, because this privilege only applies within Australia, a person outside of Australia will not be protected by parliamentary privilege.

Making a submission

The committee is accepting submissions to its inquiry into the conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at the regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

If you previously made a public submission to the Select Committee on Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru, please do not re-submit that material to this inquiry.  If you provided confidential (in camera) evidence to the Select Committee, before providing that material to this inquiry, please consider the recommendations in the final report of the Select Committee (please see http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Regional_processing_Nauru/Regional_processing_Nauru/Final_Report) as well as the terms of reference for this inquiry.

Interpreters

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Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
legcon.sen@aph.gov.au