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Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Page: 2793

Mr MORRISON (2:52 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to his previous answer, when he said he had to await the outcomes of the coronial investigation and the DPP investigation before deciding to revoke the permanent residency visas granted to the three men who were named in the report today. Last October, before the coronial inquiry had been completed, why did the government issue permanent protection visas and not temporary safe haven visas under subclass 449?

Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) —In terms of the process for decision making on the matters which the member has raised, I refer him to my earlier answer. In terms of the new matters that he raises concerning the original decision on visas, I am advised by the immigration minister that that decision was made independently by his department through a careful and rigorous assessment of the merits of each individual case.