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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION
22/01/2009
Immigration detention in Australia
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION
Joint committee
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Immigration detention in Australia
Final

CHAIR (Mr Danby) —I would like to open this hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration. Our report, which was tabled in December, was about the criteria for release from immigration detention, and we are now shifting our attention to community based alternatives to immigration detention including alternatives in use in other countries. Without extending too far into self-praise, I am very proud of this committee and the previous report. I believe it did not get quite as much attention as it ought to have from the media, but it is certainly getting the attention from the government that it deserves and I think it will have input into where the government is going.

After hearing from Mr Grant Mitchell of the international detention coalition, the committee will have the opportunity to speak with people currently living in the Australian community on bridging visas. For client privacy reasons we ask that members of the public and the media leave the room by three o’clock so we can proceed with that. A transcript will be made available at a later date.

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