Senate debates

Monday, 2 December 2019


Department of Home Affairs

3:47 pm

Photo of Anne UrquhartAnne Urquhart (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

At the request of Senators Lines, Sterle, Dodson and Pratt, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) the Department of Home Affairs employs over 135 dedicated and hardworking Western Australians to process visa applications,

  (ii) this is crucial work that ensures the integrity of our visa processing system and is the cornerstone of our sovereignty as a nation,

  (iii) the Federal Government's plan to privatise Australia's visa system threatens the livelihoods of over 135 Western Australians and their families, and

  (iv) privatising Australia's visa system will lead to increased costs of visas, greater risks of worker exploitation, data security breaches and will make protecting national security more difficult;

(b) condemns the Federal Government for auctioning Australian jobs off to the highest bidder, and for undermining the integrity of our visa processing system and our nation's sovereignty; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to guarantee the protection of these 136 jobs in Western Australia, and the 2000 jobs across Australia, which will be lost under the Morrison Government if they persist with their efforts to privatise Australia's visa system.


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