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Thursday, 19 June 2003
Page: 17058

Ms GILLARD (3:17 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and it refers to his last answer. The minister stated that he assumes all information concerning family members is on the original application form when a person applies for a protection visa. Minister, if that is your standing assumption, how is it that you believe, or could claim to believe, that information relating to Mr Hbeiche's three sisters was new in 2002 and could serve as a basis for overturning the original decision and indeed other decisions directly made by you?

Mr RUDDOCK (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —If I was not briefed on that information on the first occasion—and I was not—and it is brought to my attention in a brief that I receive later, it is new information.

The SPEAKER —Order! I warn the member for Lyons. I also point out to the member for Lalor, to be consistent, that the references to `you' in her question were inappropriate.