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Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006 [2008]

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Explanatory Memorandum

 

Senator Bartlett

 

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal)

Bill 2006

 

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006

 

The purpose of these Bills is to repeal the provisions introduced by the Migration Amendment (Excision from Migration Zone) Act 2001 which removed Australian territory from the migration zone and effectively provided a mechanism to give the government and the Department of Immigration absolute power without any opportunity for legally enforceable oversight by an independent body.

The Migration Amendment (Excision from Migration Zone)(Consequential Provisions) Act 2001 also effectively created categories of second class and third class visas and created a class of refugees with reduced rights.