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Migrant access and equity



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H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

S T A N D I N G C O M M I T T E E ON C O M M U N I T Y A F F A I R S

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 4566

FAX (06) 277 4644

PRESS RELEASE

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MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Community Affairs is continuing a review of Commonwealth funded and State/Territory and local government provided services to migrants to ascertain the extent to which access and equity principles are applied in the delivery of these services.

The inquiry, which was referred to the Committee by the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator the Hon Nick Bolkus on 10 November 1994, is looking at a range of matters including the recognition of overseas professional qualifications, availability of interpreter services, cross-cultural training programs

for service deliverers and the impact and evaluation of access and equity principles on service delivery.

The Chairman of the Committee, Allan Morris MP, Member for Newcastle, advised that a further public hearing on the inquiry will be conducted in Newcastle on Monday, 11 September in the No 3 Function Room, 2nd Floor, Newcastle City Hall, 286 King Street, Newcastle.

"This inquiry is being conducted against the background that access and equity is an essential part of the Government's social justice agenda. The aim of the inquiry is to ascertain the extent to which access and equity principles are also encompassed at State/Territory and local government levels. This is of particular concern to people of non-English speaking backgrounds in the community," Mr Morris said.

" At this hearing, the Committee will pursue these issues with witnesses from organisations in the Newcastle and Hunter region and will focus specifically on matters affecting regional, remote and rural populations in New South Wales."

"As many interested people as possible are encouraged to attend the hearing and observe the evidence taken from the organisations appearing on the attached program", Mr Morris concluded.

For further information, please contact Allan Morris MP on (049) 26 1555 or the Secretary to the Committee, Mr Bjame Nor din on (06) 277 4566.

30 August 1995

I HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STANDING COMM ITTE E ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (06) 277 4566

FAX: (06) 277 4644

N e w c a stle

Public Hearing

Inquiry Into Migrant Access and Equity

No 1 Function Room Newcastle City Hall 286 King Street, Newcastle

Monday 11 September 1995

12:30 pm Migrant Resource Centre of Newcastle and the Hunter Region - Ms Violetta Walsh, Coordinator - M r Alex Burns, Community Development Worker

1:30 am Mr Bill Jegorow

2:30 pm Tongan Community of Newcastle - Ms Tima Oto, Secretary - M rs Teleisia Lolottea, Member

3:15 pm Philippino Community of the Central Coast and Hunter Region - Ms Delia Del Rosario

4:C0 pm H u n te r A rea H ealth Service - Ms Trudy Mills-Evers, Director, Migrant Health Service - Ms Lorraine Norton, Coordinator, Health Care Interpreter Service, Migrant Health Service

4:45 pm Close