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Friday, 2 December 1983
Page: 3246


Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats)(2.26) —The Australian Democrats support the amendment moved by the Liberal Party of Australia. I will not detain the Committee because Senator Martin, in her usual style, covered the grounds fully and amply. I think the Senate also ought to be indebted to the admonition or warning given by Senator Missen, as we were grateful for the warning he gave when the Migration Amendment Bill was before the Senate before it went to the House of Representatives, and I think his words were heeded by the Government. We support the amendment, as I understand the Government does. I just take this opportunity of registering the view, which I have been asked to do, by that very responsible body, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia. I have a letter from the Chairman, Mr Bill Jegorow, MBE, who puts this view:

This is . . . to confirm that the Federation considers that permanent residents of three years' standing in Australia, subject to good character, should not be deported after that time even if they may engage in illegal activities thereafter.

It is also considered that children and young persons up to the age of eighteen should not be disadvantaged because they may have been committed to an institution or prison for purposes of their permanent resident status in Australia.

I simply register that view of the Communities Councils for whom I have a very high regard.