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HOUSE OF R EP R ESENT ATI VES

STANDING C OMM I T T E E ON COMMUNITY AFFAI RS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06)277 4566 FAX: (06)277 4 644

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MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

T h e [H ouse of R e p re se n ta tiv e s S ta n d in g C o m m ittee on C om m unity A f f a ir s jis

c o n tin u in g a review o f C om m onw ealth fu n d e d a n d S ta te /T e rrito ry a n d local

g o v e rn m e n t p ro v id e d serv ices to m ig ra n ts to a s c e rta in th e e x te n t to w h ic h access a n d eq uity p rin c ip le s a re a p p lie d in th e delivery of th e s e services.

T h e in q u iry , w hich w a s re fe rre d to th e C om m ittee by th e M in iste r for Im m ig ra tio n a n d E th n ic A ffairs, S e n a to r th e H on N ick B o lk u s on 10 N ovem ber 1994, is lo o k in g a t a ra n g e of m a tte r s in c lu d in g th e reco g n itio n of overseas p ro fe ssio n a l

qualifications, a v a ila b ility of in te rp re te r services, c ro ss-c u ltu ral tra in in g p ro g ra m s fo r service d eliv erers a n d th e im p a c t a n d e v a lu a tio n o f access a n d e q u ity p rin c ip le s on service delivery.

T h e C h a irm a n of th e C om m ittee, A llan M orris M P, M e m b e r for N ew castle, a d v ise d t h a t fu r th e r p u b lic h e a r in g s on th e in q u iry w ill be conducted in A d e laid e on

T u e sd a y a n d W ed n esd ay , 18 a n d 19 J u ly in R oom s 1 a n d 2 a t th e C o m m o n w e alth

C en tre, 55 C u rrie S tre e t.

"T his in q u iry is b e in g c o n d u cte d a g a in st th e b a c k g ro u n d th a t access a n d e q u ity is a n e sse n tia l p a r t of th e G o v ern m en t's social ju stic e a g e n d a . T he aim of th e in q u ir y is to a sc e rta in th e e x te n t to w hich access a n d e q u ity p rin c ip le s a re also e n co m p a sse d a t S ta te /T e rrito ry a n d local go v ern m en t levels. T h is is of p a rtic u la r c o n ce rn to

people of n o n -E n g lish s p e a k in g back g ro u n d s in th e com m unity," M r M o rris said .

" A t th is h e a rin g , th e C om m ittee w ill p u rs u e th e s e is su e s w ith officers fro m th e

S o u th A u stra lia n G o v e rn m e n t, as w ell as re p re s e n ta tiv e s of p e a k o rg a n is a tio n s a n d in d iv id u a ls b a se d in A delaide".

"As m a n y in te re s te d people a s possible a re e n c o u ra g e d to a tte n d th e h e a r in g a n d

observe th e evidence ta k e n from th e o rg a n isa tio n s a p p e a rin g on th e a tta c h e d

program ", M r M o rris concluded.

F o r fu rth e r in fo rm atio n , p le a se contact A llan M o rris M P on (049) 26 1555 or th e

S e c re ta ry to th e C om m ittee, M r B ja m e N o rd in on (06) 277 4566.

10 J u ly 1995

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PUBLIC HEARING

INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

Rooms 1 & 2 Commonwealth Centre 55 Currie St Adelaide

18 July 1995

South Australian Overseas Qualifications Board

Morning Tea

Adult Migrant English Service

The Association of Ethnic Organisations for Aged Care Inc.

Ethnic Link Services

Lunch

Ethnic Communities Council of South Australia

Flinders University

Afternoon Tea

Australian Council of TESOL

Adelaide Institute

Asian Women's Consultative Council SA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 4 566

FAX: (06)277 4844

5:30 pm M r Paul Mazourek

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

PUBLIC HEARING

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600 TEL: (06) 277 * 566

FAX: (06) 277 *84*

INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

Rooms 1 & 2 Commonwealth Centre 55 Currie St Adelaide

19 July 1995

9:00 am Department of Premier and Cabinet

10:30 am Morning Tea

10:45 am South Australian Council of Social Service

11:30 am Close