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Migrant access and equity



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HOUSE OF R EP RE S EN T AT IV E S - ------------------------

ST ANDING C OM MI TT EE ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL: (06) 277 4 566

FAX: (06) 277 4644

PRESS RELEASE

MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

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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 Canberra on Thursday, 10 August in Committee Room 1R1 at Parliament House.

"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 Human Services and Health as well as representatives of the Australian Local Government Association, the Australian National University Centre for Multicultural Studies and other organisations and individuals based in

Canberra".

"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.

2 August 1995

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