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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2620

Mr HAND (Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs) (9.14 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill amends the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 and the Migration Act 1958. The amendments will permit regulations to be made which provide for the charging and recovery of fees for English language tuition. These are historic developments when considered in tandem with the previous Bill I have just introduced.

  Further amendments enable the Commonwealth to carry out its intention of providing 510 hours of English language tuition in an approved English course to each eligible adult migrant within a specified time. Future regulations will specify who is to be charged and how much. For the first time, clients of the program will know clearly what service they can expect. That is a significant improvement on previous arrangements when clients had no guarantees of access to the adult migrant English program.

  The Bill contains other amendments to the Migration Act. These amendments will allow domestic passengers who are on domestic sectors of international flights with passengers who have cleared immigration to be processed by immigration upon arrival at their destination.

  The Bill also contains several minor amendments of a technical nature. Those amendments are explained in the explanatory memorandum. I commend the Bill to the House and I present the explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

  Debate (on motion by Mr Ruddock) adjourned.