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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2155


Senator BOLKUS (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (11.13 a.m.) —The question that Senator Short raises in respect of providing permanent protection was something that, once again, I was keen to address as early as possible. I had discussions in respect of it once again domestically, but also at and with the UNHCR about the issues involved in this particular thing. I was keen to do it as quickly as possible and this was the first opportunity available to us to be able to do it and to take it to cabinet. Cabinet considered it was an appropriate thing to do at the same time, but I would not draw any closer bow than that.