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Tuesday, 20 April 1999
Page: 3932


Senator TAMBLING (9:47 PM) —I seek leave to give three notices of motion: two relating to the exemption of bills from the cut-off and one relating to the consideration of business from 6.50 p.m. to 7.20 p.m. tomorrow, the full terms of which I now hand to the Clerk.

Leave granted.


Senator TAMBLING —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (7) of standing order 111 not apply to the Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Safe Haven Visas) Bill 1999, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (7) of standing order 111 not apply to the Further 1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security) Bill 1999, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

That consideration of business on Wednesday, 21 April 1999, continue from 6.50 p.m. till 7.20 p.m.

I also table statements of reasons justifying the need for the bills to be considered during this sitting and seek leave to have the statements incorporated in Hansard .

Leave granted.

The statements read as follows—

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR INTRODUCTION AND PASSAGE IN THE 1999 WINTER SITTINGS MIGRATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (TEMPORARY SAFE HAVEN VISAS) BILL 1999

Purpose of proposed Bill

The proposed Bill will make amendments to the Migration Act 1958 in relation to temporary safe haven visas. The amendments will:

. provide the legislative framework for the Australian Government to provide persons with temporary safe haven in Australia;

. ensure that persons to whom temporary safe haven is provided are unable to change their status to remain in Australia after temporary safe haven is no longer necessary; and

. provide temporary safe haven for 4,000 persons displaced from their homes in Kosovo, consistent with the Government's commitment on 6 April 1999. Any applications made from that date will be rendered invalid.

The Bill also contains specific powers to enable prompt action to be taken to withdraw temporary safe haven to persons who represent a danger to the Australian community, or Australia's security or whose presence in Australia would be harmful to Australia's international relations.

Reasons for urgency

Introduction and passage in the same Sittings is required to enable the Government to implement the short term humanitarian measures required for Australia to accept 4,000 displaced Kosovar Albanians.

Effect if Bill is not dealt with in one Sittings

Delay in implementation will frustrate Australia's efforts to assist in alleviating suffering and human tragedy in Kosovo.

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR INTRODUCTION AND PASSAGE IN THE 1999 AUTUMN SITTINGS

FURTHER 1998 BUDGET MEASURES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (SOCIAL SECURITY) BILL 1999

Purpose

The Further 1998 Budget Measures Legislation Amendment (Social Security) Bill 1999 will deal with a number of 1998 Budget measures and some non-Budget measures relating to international social security agreements.

Reason for urgency

The commencement dates for the measures vary. However, there are some measures that are scheduled to commence on 1 July 1999. In order to meet the implementation time frames, including final development of supporting systems and administration, it will be necessary to have the amending legislation in place before the end of the 1999 Autumn Sittings.