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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 18

(Question No. 4439)


Mr Cadman asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 21 August 1986:

(1) How many persons have been appointed to the Immigration Review Panel since January 1982 (a) as chairman (b) as members.

(2) On what dates were each of these appointments made.

(3) What are the criteria for appointment as Chairman of the Panel.

(4) How many members of the Panel have been (a) offered appointments as Chairman and (b) appointed as Chairman.


Mr Hurford —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) (a) 8: one on 21.7.82, 17.1.83, 24.7.85, 4.7.86; and two on 31.7.84 and 23.4.86. (b) 32: 14 on 3.2.82, 16 on 31.7.84; and 2 on 22.4.86.

(3) The criteria for appointment as Chairman are:

Knowledge of and experience in the administration of legislation.

Understanding of the interface between powers provided in legislation and the policy setting out guidelines for the exercise of these powers.

An understanding of and some experience in decision making in the context of the requirements of administrative law.

Some experience in the administration of the Migration Act consistent with the above criteria (desirable).

Capacity to operate effectively as a Chairman of the Panel whose other members offer a range of qualifications, skills, experience and backgrounds.

(4) None.