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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2153

Senator SHORT (11.02 a.m.) —Had the MRA come into effect on the originally scheduled date of 1 November 1993, the judicial review provisions—which contain a welcome tightening up of the access to judicial review—would have had effect from that date and therefore would have had an effect on the situation of PRC and other nationals. I assumed that the minister and the government—given the timings that were then in place—would have had legislation in place which would have posed a different situation, particularly in relation to Chinese nationals and others, from what now pertains, given that the implementation date has been stretched out to September of this year.

  The minister might wish to comment on my assumption that he would have wished to have those new judicial review provisions in place at that time. What impact will that delay in the implementation of judicial review provisions have on those groups? On the face of it—I seek the minister's confirmation or otherwise on this—it means that many thousands of people are now going to be subject to the generous judicial review provisions that pertained prior to the MRA, which they would not have been subject to had the start-up date of 1 November 1993 been adhered to.