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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 66


Mr WEST (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs)(10.15) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

When introducing the Migration Amendment Bill 1983 in this House on 26 May 1983, I foreshadowed a review of legislation within my portfolio to ensure that so far as possible, Acts provide for the equal treatment of all non-citizens. As a consequence of the amendments contained in the Migration Amendment Bill 1983, it is necessary to amend a number of other Acts, in particular where the terms ' immigrant' and 'prohibited immigrant' are employed within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958. Also, it is appropriate in my view to take this opportunity to amend other legislation within my portfolio so as to be consistent with the proposed terminology in the Migration Act 1958.

I now turn briefly to the details of the Bill. Part II of the Bill effects amendments to section 25 of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 which are consequential to the removal of references to 'prohibited immigrant' from the Migration Act 1958. Clause 4 inserts a new sub-section 25 (7) to provide that a person who entered Australia before the commencement of the Migration Amendment Act 1983 and who at the time of entry, was a prohibited immigrant or the holder of a temporary entry permit, shall not become an Australian citizen under the section. The clause also inserts a new sub-section 25 (7A) to provide that a person who enters Australia after the commencement of the Migration Amendment Act 1983 and who, at the time of entry, is a prohibited non-citizen or the holder of a temporary entry permit, shall not become an Australian citizen under the section.

Part III effects a consequential amendment to the Civil Aviation (Offenders on International Aircraft) Act 1970. Part IV effects a consequential amendment to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. Part V amends the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 so as to be consistent with the amendments contained in the Migration Amendment Bill 1983. Part VI effects consequential amendments to the Navigation Act 1912. Part VII effects a consequential amendment to the Navigation Amendment Act 1980. Part VIII effects consequential amendments to the Overseas Students Charge Act 1979. Clause 27 provides that a person shall be taken not to be an overseas student if the person ceases to be an immigrant within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958 as in force immediately before the commencement of the Migration Amendment Act 1983. Part IX effects consequential amendments to the Quarantine Act 1908. Part X effects a consequential amendment to the Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Act 1935. I commend the Bill to the House.


Mr Hodgman —On this night of broken promises I move:

That the debate be adjourned.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Denison is aware that he is allowed to move that the debate be adjourned but is not allowed to use other language when moving that motion. I trust that he will observe that procedure in the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.