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Operation nets illegal workers, visa overstayers in Swan Hill.

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Operation Nets Illegal Workers, Visa Overstayers in Swan Hill

VPS 027/2005

Fourteen illegal workers and visa overstayers have been located in and around the northern Victorian town of Swan Hill, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.

‘Community information led staff from my department to visit several houses in the Swan Hill area on Wednesday,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘They located 10 illegal workers and four visa overstayers.

‘The group, from Malaysia, comprised 11 males and three females.

‘All are in the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre while arrangements are made for their departure, as required by law.’

The operation was conducted jointly with the Victorian Police and Australian Taxation Office.

It follows the removal to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday of 47 Malaysians who were located working illegally, mainly in regional Victoria.

This group had been located in the past six to eight weeks. Most had been working on farms in the Goulburn Valley.

‘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 the 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.

3 February 2005

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