Thursday, 19 March 2015
Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014; In Committee
The government will not be supporting the Greens amendment. This measure is intended to prevent and discourage the use of the onshore component of Australia's humanitarian program as a means of family migration. There are avenues for family reunion, for the family of permanent protection visa holders, for example, spousal visas.
Section 91WB is intended to encourage family members of protection visa holders to follow the normal avenues of family migration and discourage them from arriving in Australia, particularly legally, in order to be granted a protection visa on the basis of being a family member of someone who already holds a visa.
The CHAIRMAN: The question is that section 91WB in item 11 of schedule 1 stand as printed.