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Vanstone's incompetence makes our borders weak.



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LAURIE FERGUSON MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR REID

17 JUNE 2005

VANSTONE’S INCOMPETENCE MAKES OUR BORDERS WEAK

Amanda Vanstone’s latest piece of policy on the run has again shown that under her watch, Australia’s immigration system is a shambles.

Late last night, Minister Vanstone slipped out a media release announcing changes to the regulations of Migration Agents and changes to the Removal Pending Bridging Visa.

Minister Vanstone has been shamed into making these changes by a series of scandals, which have destroyed the Australian public’s faith in the Howard Government’s administration of the immigration system.

After nine long years in Government, John Howard and Amanda Vanstone are not interested in fixing our shambolic immigration department - all they are doing is appeasing dissidents in their own party room and responding to media revelations.

The Department of Immigration lurches from one crisis to another and all Minister Vanstone is delivering are Band-Aid solutions.

Her incompetence is breath-taking. The time for Band-Aids is over. Only a Royal Commission into the scandalous immigration department will give Australians any confidence in the system.

Australians know that Minister Vanstone’s incompetence is making our immigration system weaker and her game of policy catch-up is not helping.

Minister Vanstone has singled out Migration Agents for extra regulation. While this is welcome, it totally ignores the role Education Agents are playing in exploiting students and facilitating back-door migration.

Minister Vanstone’s move to broaden Removal Pending Bridging Visas is nothing more than a very small step in the right direction. It was a flawed visa when it was created and now they are having to back-track.

Every day a new scandal breaks in immigration, Minister Vanstone must be kidding herself if she thinks tinkering with an obscure visa will fix the system and give Australians any confidence.

Laurie Ferguson: 02 9637 4714 17 June 2005

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