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MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—MIGRATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (MIGRATION AGENTS) BILL 1997

A message from the Senate was reported returning the following Bill with amendments:

1 December 1997—Message No. 399—Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Agents) 1997.

Ordered—That the amendments be considered forthwith.

SCHEDULE OF THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE SENATE

(1) Schedule 1, item 32, page 8 (line 21), omit "10 days", substitute "30 days".

(2) Schedule 1, item 32, page 8 (line 22), omit "10 days", substitute "30 days".


(3) Schedule 1, item 61, page 20 (after line 3), after section 321, insert:

322 Annual report

  (1) If an appointment of the Institute under section 315 is in force at the end of a financial year, the Institute must give a report on the administration of this Part during the financial year to the Minister for presentation to the Parliament.

  Note: Section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 explains when the Institute must give the report to the Minister, and when the Minister must cause the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament.

  (2) If an appointment of the Institute under section 315 is not in force at the end of the financial year, the Minister must cause to be tabled in each House of the Parliament a report on the administration of this Part during the financial year, before the end of the 15th sitting day of that House after the 31 December immediately following the financial year.

(4) Schedule 1, Part 2, page 27 (after line 14), at the end of the Part, add:

79A First report under section 322

 The report under section 322 relating to the financial year ending at the end of 30 June 1998 is to cover the administration of Part 3 of the Migration Act 1958 only for the period from 21 March 1998 to 30 June 1998 (inclusive).

79B Final report

(1) If an appointment of the Institute under section 315 of the Migration Act 1958 is in force immediately before the day (the sunset day) that Part 3 of that Act ceases to be in force because of section 333 of that Act, the Institute must give to the Minister for presentation to the Parliament a report on the administration of that Part during the period:

  (a) starting on the last 1 July before the sunset day; and

  (b) ending immediately before the sunset day.

(2) The Institute must give the Minister the report within 42 days after the sunset day.

(3) The Minister must cause the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day he or she receives the report.

(4) If an appointment of the Institute under section 315 of the Migration Act 1958 is not in force immediately before the sunset day, the Minister must cause to be tabled in each House of the Parliament a report on the administration of Part 3 of that Act during the period:

  (a) starting on the last 1 July before the sunset day; and

  (b) ending immediately before the sunset day.


(5) The Minister must cause the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament under subitem (4) before the end of the 15th sitting day of that House after the end of the 42nd day after the sunset day.

On the motion of Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs), the amendments were agreed to, after debate.