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Migration Amendment (Clarifying International Obligations for Removal) Bill 2021

Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: clarify that the Act does not require or authorise the removal of an unlawful non-citizen who has been found to engage protection obligations through the protection visa process unless the decision finding that the non-citizen engages protection obligations has been set aside, the minister is satisfied that the non-citizen no longer engages protection obligations or the non-citizen requests voluntary removal; and ensure that, in assessing a protection visa application, protection obligations are always assessed, including in circumstances where the applicant is ineligible for a visa due to criminal conduct or risks to security.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25 Mar 2021
Second reading moved 25 Mar 2021
Second reading debate 12 May 2021
Second reading agreed to 12 May 2021
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 4 Government agreed to
12 May 2021
Third reading agreed to 12 May 2021
Introduced and read a first time 13 May 2021
Second reading moved 13 May 2021
Second reading debate 13 May 2021
Second reading agreed to 13 May 2021
Third reading agreed to 13 May 2021
Finally passed both Houses 13 May 2021
  • Act no: 35
  • Year: 2021
24 May 2021

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