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Tuesday, 2 March 2004
Page: 20621

Senator Webber asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 16 October 2003:

(1) Has any investigation been undertaken by the department of the economic and social effects of removing the Afghan refugees from Albany, Western Australia.

(2) Has there been any consultation with the Albany community on the removal of the Afghan refugees.

Senator Vanstone (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) No. Investigation of economic and social effects on local communities is not undertaken in relation to possible removal action, should this become necessary.

(2) No, however MPs, employers and other members of the community have made representations to the Minister.