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Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Page: 26809

Mr Sciacca asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 28 March 2001:

(1) Did he, on 9 March 2001, in a press release entitled Unlawful Workers Picked Up on Building Sites in Sydney, promise the CMFEU a copy of his Department's Employer Awareness Kit; if so, has a copy of the kit been made available to the Union; if not, when will the kit be delivered.

(2) Are copies of the kit automatically sent to employers in industries that traditionally have a high incidence of using illegal workers, or are they available only on request.

(3) Will he provide a copy of the kit to my office.

Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I issued the media release referred to on 9 March 2001 and my Department sent copies of the Employer Awareness kit to the CFMEU office in Sydney on that same day.

(2) In May 1999, when the current kit and pamphlet Employing Overseas Workers - doing the right thing were released, copies were distributed to all Members of Parliament and Senators and to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) regional offices for distribution to employers and organisations through DIMA Business Centres and by compliance officers undertaking employer awareness visits, information sessions and compliance operations. Copies were also provided to individuals and organisations that requested them. In addition, approximately 4,500 kits and 41,000 pamphlets were mailed out by the Department to employers in the primary, mining and hospitality industries. The kit is also available on the DIMA Internet homepage. A new edition of the kit is in preparation and will receive similar broad distribution.

(3) Yes. That has been done.