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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Page: 1313

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (19:04): I appreciate the minister's undertaking to look at this, but I think it is fair to say that it is not as though this matter is one that has come as a total surprise. When part of this tranche of bills was dealt with a year or two ago there was an amendment about the minister's discretion to deal with issues, which Senator Hanson-Young co-sponsored with me. It is not as though it has come entirely out of the blue, but I understand what the minister has said, and I agree with him about the Baird review process.

The intention for this amendment, as with my amendment, Senator Rhiannon's amendment and the Australian Greens' amendment, is to give a higher degree of certainty and comfort to overseas students in the event that something goes wrong. We cannot take it any further, but I can indicate again my support for this amendment.