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Monday, 15 November 2010
Page: 2234


Mr MORRISON (4:26 PM) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. Peter Slipper)—Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Mr MORRISON —I do.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Mr MORRISON —Today in question time the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship quoted me as saying that 47,000 applications for protection visas that were made offshore in Australian missions and with Australian officials around the world, or the tens of thousands of other applications that are made for skill visas and others, would not be reviewable by the High Court. The comments were made in relation to the decision by the High Court last week. The minister implied that this statement was untrue and that in fact applications made by people offshore for visas were reviewable by the High Court. I simply make this statement, by way of explanation—


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —The member must show where he has personally been misrepresented.


Mr MORRISON —He has stated that that is an incorrect statement. He is wrong in doing so because there is no duty to exercise a power to grant a visa. The remedies mentioned in section 75 of the Constitution to the High Court for appeal do not apply in these cases.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —I think the member for Cook has made his point.


Mr MORRISON —I have almost finished, Mr Deputy Speaker. I will not detain the House any longer.


Mr Snowdon —Mr Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: he has demonstrated where he said he has been misrepresented. That is all he needs to do. He needs to sit down.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —I am listening very closely. The member ought to be aware that he must show where he has personally been misrepresented. He cannot debate the topic, and I would ask him to bring his personal explanation to a conclusion expeditiously.


Mr MORRISON —Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I simply make the point that the minister represented my statements as being incorrect. I stand by those statements. They were correct because there is a discretionary power to grant visas and the minister clearly does not understand this.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER —The matter is now on the record.