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Government called upon to clarify its position on PRC nationals



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Philip Ruddock MP Xi.

Federal Member for Dundas Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Electorate Tel: (02) 858 1011 Fax: (02) 804 6739

Parliament House Tel: (06) 277 4343 Fax: (06) 277 2062

GOVERNMENT CAT J.RD UPON TO CLARIFY ITS POSITION

The Opposition last night called upon the Government to clarify its position in relation to the status of PRC Nationals in Australia on 4-year temporary entry permits.

Mr Ruddock, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs said "In the light of the Government's recent decision to lift the last of the economic and political sanctions imposed upon China in the wake of the Tienanmen Square incident, the Government needs to, finally, make its position in regard to the future status of the Chinese students perfectly clear."

In a statement released earlier this week, Senator Evans cited "discernible improvements in the human rights situation in China" as adequate cause for lifting sanctions.

On the 27th of June 1990, the Prime Minister observed that, "unless we were confident that the situation in the PRC was such that human rights were no longer generally at risk, permanent residence would be granted to those that apply".

Now that the Government has determined that human rights are no longer at risk, will the Government now advise the PRC nationals in Australia on 20th June 1989, that as of the 30 June 1993, those without permanent residence granted under normal immigration criteria or a bona fide claim for continuing protection, will be required to leave.

ON PRC NATIONALS

March 7 1991 COMMONWEALTH

PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MIC AH