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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7750

Senator BROWN (Tasmania) (3.44 p.m.)—as amended, by leave—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the substantial contribution members of the East Timorese community have made to the Northern Territory community over many years;

(b) expresses its support for the East Timorese asylum seekers living in Darwin who are in the process of being served with deportation orders by the Federal Government;

(c) extends it support to those affected families, some of whom are facing having their family permanently separated because of the Federal Government's decision to deport individual family members in some instances;

(d) supports the Northern Territory Government and its agencies in assisting these East Timorese families in their efforts to remain in Darwin;

(e) commends the individuals, businesses and community organisations that are supporting the East Timorese people affected by the deportation orders;

(f) recognises that the Northern Territory Government wants the East Timorese to remain at home in the Northern Territory and will use its best endeavours to achieve that end; and

(g) calls on:

(i) the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to create a special visa class for the East Timorese Territorians in Darwin, due to the unique circumstances of their situation, and

(ii) federal parliamentary representatives to actively support this resolution and the applications of the deportees to the Minister.

Question agreed to.