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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 658

Ingram, Mr Clive

Dear Mr Vasta

Thank you for your correspondence of 1 December 2016 enclosing Petition PN0037, concerning Mr Clive Ingram and his family's request for Ministerial Intervention under Section 351 of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).

Privacy considerations prevent me from discussing Mr Ingram's immigration details without his written permission. However, I am able to provide the following general information.

Section 351 of the Act provides me, as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, with the power to substitute a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with a more favourable decision, if I think it is in the public interest to do so. This is a non-compellable power and I am not obliged to consider an intervention request. A large number of requests for Ministerial Intervention are received and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been provided with guidelines regarding which cases should be referred for Ministerial consideration.

Please be assured that the information you have provided has been forwarded to the relevant area of the Department for consideration.

Thank you for bringing this petition to my attention.

Yours sincerely

from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Mr Dutton