"I must say it was one of the most questionable and curious High Court decisions in memory. Without the Malaysia arrangement what we have is an improvised, cobbled-together Indonesia arrangement that the Indonesians don't want."
These are immediate response by Senator Carr and others after the Court rejected the 'Malaysian arrangement' for the influx of refugees who are taking advantage of Australia's friendly-and-open-door foreign policy.
There were tears in the House of Senate. Most of the members felt dejected while some tried to seek another outlet to solve the refugees never-ending story.
The comments were part of an emotionally charged debate in the
Senate today, where politicians will vote on the asylum seeker Bill that looks
set to fail. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young broke down and
cried as she spoke about the plight of detainees, while senior Gillard
Government frontbencher Chris Evans revealed the legislation challenged
some of his 'philosophical' positions.
The Bill revives the Gillard Government's scuttled Malaysia
people-swap deal and would allow for offshore processing on Nauru - the
opposition's preferred option.
Senator Evans said he was the
person who, after Labor was elected in 2007, closed the detention centre
on Nauru, and who ended the controversial temporary protection visas.
Senator Hanson-Young cried as she told the story of a 15-year-old Afghan
orphan called Hussein, whose sister sacrificed everything she owned so
he could have a better life in Australia.
Hussein was one of 500
people locked up on Christmas Island waiting to find out if he was going
to be sent back to Malaysia before the High Court quashed the
arrangement last year. "Now he is living with a family in Australia, learning English at school and will make "a fine Australian".