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Tuesday, 30 May 1989
Page: 3037

Senator ROBERT RAY (Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs)(8.41) —Let me clear up one serious misapprehension under which Senator Jenkins is operating: once a person is apprehended he may immediately apply for change of status. It is not true to say that he has no other choice. At that stage of being apprehended, he may apply. I think that cuts the ground from under a lot of the amendment. I think the 28-day period gives people a reasonable balance. It will encourage people to regularise their status in that time. It is a provision that very few other countries offer people in their own country. I think it provides a quite reasonable balance. I reiterate that a person may apply immediately upon apprehension. Whilst that decision is not reviewable, that course of action still remains open to the person who has been apprehended.