The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, today introduced a Bill to abolish the unjust and ineffective detention debt regime imposed on immigration detainees.

The Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 will also waive all existing debts for current and former detainees but there will be no refunds of debts already paid. People convicted of people smuggling or illegal foreign fishing will still be liable for their costs of detention and removal to act as a deterrent and to recognise the seriousness of these offences.

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