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Failure of government to announce migration program to parliament



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

OFFICE OF PH ILIP RUDDOCK. M .P. MEMBER FOR DUNDAS SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

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PRESS STATEMENT BY PHILIP RUDDOCK SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

"FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE MIGRATION PROGRAM TO PARLIAMENT

The Opposition Spokesman for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Philip Ruddock has strongly criticised the failure of the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Mr Hurford, . to outline the 1985/86 Immigration Program to Parliament. _

"With the program due .to. commence .in, July it ,is customary. for the Government to announce its Program to Parliament in May or.June-. .

"A charitable interpretation of the Minister's failure to do so could lie in the Government's legislative disarray in the dying hours of Parliament. -.

"A more likely explanation is an unwillingness on behalf of the Minister to answer for the widespread concern and uncertainty brought about by his ill-considered overseas statements.

"In those statements the Minister foreshadowed a significant change in our refugee policy, indicating a decrease in the number of refugees in favour of Orderly Departure Arrangements.

"Other issues which will merit close attention will be the overall size of the Migration Program and target levels, particularly in relation to the Business Migration Program.

Mr Ruddock said that in ignoring Parliament and in failing to consult with the Opposition on these issues, the Minister, Mr Hurford was quickly falling into the same pattern as his predecessor, Stewart West. .

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"Above all else, last year's immigration debate highlighted the need for effective communication on matters of immigration policy.

"If the Minister is genuine in his desire to achieve a bi-partisan approach to immigration he will have to show the Opposition and the Australian Public a greater regard than he has to date.

23 May 1985

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