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Thursday, 1 May 1980
Page: 2036


Senator SCOTT (New South WalesMinister for Special Trade Representations) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows-

The purpose of the Bill is to provide for two minor machinery amendments to the Migration Act 1958. The first is contained in clause 3 and amends the definitions of 'proclaimed airport' and 'proclaimed port' in sub-section 5 ( 1) of the Migration Act. The amendment is necessary as a consequence of the provisions of clause 4 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1980 which replaces the concept of establishing ports and appointing airports by proclamation with a system of appointments by the Minister.

Secondly, clause 4 of the Bill narrows one of the defences to an offence under sub-section 1 lc ( 1 ) of the Migration Act committed by a carrier who brings persons to Australia without visas or return endorsements. Under the Act as presently drafted, a carrier has a defence if he can establish that he had reasonable grounds for believing that a person was not exempted from the need to obtain a visa or return endorsement. The amendment will limit the defence to establishing that he had reasonable grounds for believing that the person was exempt from the need to obtain a visa or return endorsement. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Ryan) adjourned.







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