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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9880


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (15:07): I refer to questions asked by Senator McAllister yesterday in question time in my capacity as the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. I have sought advice from the minister and I can advise as follows: for the purposes of administrative simplicity, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection assesses people from comparable English-speaking nations as meeting the English requirement. Those countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. I am also advised that the countries mentioned are the same countries that were included for competent English assessments for migration purposes during Labor's time in government.