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Monday, 3 March 1997
Page: 1123


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs)(6.03 p.m.) —In comment on that, I could say that the bill is seeking to provide enabling legislation and not dealing with particular categories. That is the bill we are dealing with. As a general principle, fees are not payable, as Senator Stott Despoja says, by applicants in the refugee and humanitarian categories. This bill does not affect that. However, for reasons of integrity and simplicity of the overall scheme, we oppose the program. The bottom line is that Senator Stott Despoja is right: as a general principle, people do not pay fees. For that reason we oppose this. It is simply going to complicate matters.