Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 31 May 1984
Page: 2216

Senator MARTIN(11.56) —I have some other questions that will probably have to be taken on notice. I regret that I was unable to attend the meeting of the Estimates Committee, because I was actually involved in two other committees at the same time.

Senator Grimes —Schizophrenic.

Senator MARTIN —The pressures of scheduling present some problems in practical terms. It is possible that there might be an officer present who can give the answers; it is also possible that I might have to await the answers. Do the guidelines for the scheme work against the resettlement of Lao and Khmer people, who now form the vast majority of the refugees-in excess of 100,000-in Thai refugee camps, many of whom have been there for more than two years? The essence of what I am saying to the Minister is that because these people have no relatives or friends in Australia and because Indo-Chinese refugees coming to Australia have been overwhelmingly Vietnamese rather than Lao and Khmer, a large number of people in the camps have been there for quite some time, and it would appear that they have little hope of being accepted under our refugee program because of these guidelines.