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Migrant access and equity



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

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA ACT 2600

TEL. (Οβ) 277 4S66

EAX (06) 277 4644

PRESS RELEASE

MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Community Affairs is continuing a review of Commonwealth funded and State/Temtory 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 Brisbane on Wednesday, 12 July in the Conference Room, Level 5, Parliamentary Annexe, 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 Queensland Government as well as representatives of peak organisations and individuals based in Brisbane".

"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 Bjarne Nordin on (06) 277 4566.

3 July 1995

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 O N 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 4844

PUBLIC HEARING

INQUIRY INTO MIGRANT ACCESS AND EQUITY

Conference Room, Level 5 Parliamentary Annexe Alice Street Brisbane

12 July 1995

9:00 am Department for Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs

10:30 am Morning Tea

10:45 am Ethnic Communities' Council of Queensland

11:45 am The University of Southern Queensland

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm NESB W orkers Network, Logan City Migrant Neighbourhood Centre

2:15 pm Soroptimist International

3:00 pm M r Mauricio Hayem

3:45 pm M r R Patching