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Reason for Subdivision

                   This Subdivision is enacted because the Parliament considers that:

                     (a)  people smuggling, and its undesirable consequences including the resulting loss of life at sea, are major regional problems that need to be addressed; and

                     (b)  unauthorised maritime arrivals, including unauthorised maritime arrivals in respect of whom Australia has or may have protection obligations under the Refugees Convention as amended by the Refugees Protocol, should be able to be taken to any country designated to be a regional processing country; and

                     (c)  it is a matter for the Minister and Parliament to decide which countries should be designated as regional processing countries; and

                     (d)  the designation of a country to be a regional processing country need not be determined by reference to the international obligations or domestic law of that country.

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