Labor Senators’ Additional Comments
Labor Senators note that the Chair’s report explores the impact the
passing (with amendment) of the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation
Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, in particular
Schedule 6, has on this Bill.
Schedule 6 of the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment
(Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 clarifies the well understood
principle of the Act that a child inherits the immigration status of the
parent. Any other position would be a considerable departure from a significant
principle underpinning our immigration system.
Labor Senators also note that further legislation would now be required
to amend the definitions of 'unauthorised maritime arrival' and 'transitory
person', as per the aims of this Bill. Legislation has now been passed by the
Government that essentially renders this Bill redundant.
Senator Sue Lines Senator
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