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Federal Minister must not deport Tasmania's Kosovo refugees.

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Senator Andrew Bartlett

Australian Democrats' Immigration Spokesperson


28 NOVEMBER 1999




Federal Minister must not deport

Tasmania's Kosovo refugees



Compassion and commonsense should guide the Government to allow those Kosovo refugees in Tasmania who wish to remain, to do so, according to the Australian Democrats.


The Government and people of Tasmania have made it clear they are willing to accept the Kosovo refugees into their community. It would be wrong of the federal Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock to over rule that," said Democrats' immigration spokesperson, Senator Andrew Bartlett.


"Tasmania's population is in decline. We need people and these people want to be here. It is ludicrous that we would force the Kosovo refugees to leave."


The Australian Democrats have opposed the introduction of temporary visas for refugees.


"Refugees have been through horrendous experiences. We should do nothing to continue that hardship," said Senator Bartlett.


"Australia has a long tradition of refugees coming here, building new lives and contributing to the community. It is one of the defining characteristics of Australia," he concluded.



For interview contact, Senator Andrew Bartlett on 0418 743 789

Ms Debbie Butler, Democrat spokesperson for Tasmania on (03) 6343 3123



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