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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2375

(Question No. 5056)

Mr Leo McLeay asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

Does the Committee on the Determination of Refugee Status monitor the safety of persons who have been refused refugee status by the Committee after they leave Australia; if not, would it be feasible for the Committee to do so in the future.

Mr Young —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No. The Determination of Refugee Status (DORS) Committee does not monitor the safety of persons who have been refused refugee status in Australia. Central to the DORS Committee's consideration of cases is an assessment as to whether applicants can return safely to their countries of origin. Where applicants have been recommended for rejection by the Committee, the assessment has been made that these persons can return in safety and hence, monitoring is not necessary.

It would not be feasible for the Committee to monitor the safety of all persons who have had their claim for refugee status rejected. If it was decided that monitoring of a particular case was required, this could be arranged through Australia's overseas posts, provided there was cooperation from relevant organisations and from the authorities of the country concerned.