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Illegals located in Naracoorte.



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Senator Amanda Vanstone MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

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Illegals Located in Naracoorte

VPS 120/2004

Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today that she was pleased that the South East community was working with her Department to ensure jobs in South Australia were not being taken from locals, by illegal workers.

Information from the community has resulted in the location of six people, whether in Australia unlawfully or working illegally in Naracoorte.

'The operation was conducted by officers from my Department in response to information received about illegal workers being employed in various local agricultural industries,' the Minister said.

'A number of residential properties were visited and five people were found to be unlawful non-citizens while one was working in breach of visa conditions. Arrangements are currently being made for their removal from Australia as required by law.'

Of the six people located, four were male and two were female. Four were from Fiji and one each from Malaysia and Thailand.

'Officers from my Department, often with assistance from state police, make regular visits to workplaces in many parts of Australia, including restaurants, farms, shops, offices, factories and brothels, in an effort to detect and locate people who are in the country illegally or who are working illegally,' Minister Vanstone said.

'People with information on illegal workers or visa overstayers should call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.

'The success of operations such as this should send a strong message that this government does not tolerate people living and working illegally in this country.'

13 August 2004

URL: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au /media_releases/media04/v04120.htm Last update: 13 August 2004 at 16:24 AEST