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

S T ANDI NG C O MMI T T E E ON COMMUNI TY AFFAI R!

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (06) 277 4 586

FAX: (06) 277 4844

PRESS RELEASE

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 further public hearings on the inquiry will be conducted during a second visit to Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday, 26 and 27 July in Room 814/815 at Parliament House, Macquarie Street.

"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 officers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet as well as representatives of peak organisations and individuals based in and around Sydney".

"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 Nordin on (06) 277 4566.

20 July 1995

H O U S E OF 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 MMI T T E E ON COMMUNI T Y AF F AI RS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (0 6 )2 7 7 4566

FAX: (06) 277 4844

PUBLIC HEARING

INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

Room 814/815 Parliament House Sydney

26 July 1995

9:00 am Department of the Premier and Cabinet

10:30 am Morning Tea

10:45 am PIW Interagency

11:30 am Canterbury-Bankstown Settlement Plan Coordinating Committee

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Brazilian Community Council of Australia

2:00 pm NSW M igrant Resource Forum

2:45 pm Nepean M igrant Access

3:30 pm Afternoon Tea

3:45 pm Western Sydney Access and Equity Working Party

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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 MMU N I T Y A F F A I R S

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (06) 277 4566

FAX: (0 6 )2 7 7 4844

PUBLIC HEARING

INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

Room 814/815 Parliament House Sydney

27 July 1995

9:00 am NSW Teachers Federation

9:45 am Australian Arabic Welfare Council

10:30 am Morning Tea

10:45 am Wollongong University, Centre for Multicultural Studies

11:45 am Family Support Services Association of NSW

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm St George Ethnic Interagency Sub Committee

2:00 pm Wentworth Area Health Service