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Monday, 15 June 2009
Page: 6026

Debate resumed, on motion by Dr Stone:

That the House:

(1)   notes that under section 417 of the Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship may intervene personally making decisions in relation to individuals;

(2)   encourages the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to urgently resolve his ambivalence about using these ministerial powers of intervention, given the consequences for individuals and families whose urgent requests for intervention remain unresolved, in some cases for nearly a year; and

(3)   requests that the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship responds to the report he commissioned analysing the use of ministerial powers (the Elizabeth Proust Report) which has been with him since 29 January 2008.