Senate debates

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015; In Committee

7:09 pm

Photo of Kim CarrKim Carr (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader for Science) Share this | Hansard source

Perhaps I could draw your attention to the Migration Act itself, at section 116(2), which indicates:

The Minister is not to cancel a visa under subsection (1), (1AA) or (1AB) if there exist prescribed circumstances in which a visa is not to be cancelled.

That is what the act actually says. Minister, why would it not be a prescribed circumstance if a person were subject to slavery or to trafficking under the Criminal Code? Why wouldn't it be a prescribed circumstance if there had been coercion of the visa holder by the sponsor or a third party—such as a labour hire company? These are practices that go on, day in and day out, in this country.


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