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Operation nets 68 illegal workers, visa overstayers in Goulburn Valley.

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Operation Nets 68 Illegal Workers, Visa Overstayers in Goulburn Valley

VPS 033/2005

Sixty eight illegal workers and visa overstayers have been located in and around the northern Victorian towns of Nathalia, Murchison, Yarrawonga and Numurkah the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.

‘Community information led staff from my department to visit locations in the Goulburn Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘They located 19 people who were working in breach of their visas and 49 people who had overstayed their visas.

‘There were 49 Malaysians, 17 Thais and 2 Cambodians. They comprised 45 males and 23 females.

‘All have been transferred to the Baxter Immigration Detention Facility while arrangements are made for their departure from Australia, as required by law.’

The operation was conducted with the assistance of the Victorian Police.

‘The success of operations such as these should send a strong message that this government does not tolerate people living and working illegally in this country,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘In the 2003-04 financial year my department located over 20,000 people who had overstayed their visas or breached their visa conditions.’

DIMIA officers, often with assistance from state police, make regular visits to workplaces in many parts of Australia, including restaurants, farms, shops, offices, factories and brothels, in an effort to detect and locate people who are in the country illegally or who are working illegally.

People with information on illegal workers or visa overstayers should call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.

16 February 2005

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