Inquiry into Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters

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Inquiry into Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters

March 2004

© Commonwealth of Australia
ISBN 0 642 71373 1

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 146KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 169KB)
Recommendations (PDF 143KB)
List of Abbreviations (PDF 85KB)
Introduction (PDF 143KB)
Chapter 1 - Ministerial discretion - background issues and problems experienced during the inquiry (PDF 186KB)
Chapter 2 - Ministerial discretion in migration matters: explanation and history (PDF 202KB)
Chapter 3 - Patterns of use of ministerial discretion (PDF 218KB)
Chapter 4 - Development of ministerial guidelines and the exercise of the minister's discretion powers (PDF 267KB)
Chapter 5 - Operation of the powers - problems encountered by applicants (PDF 231KB)
Chapter 6 - Representations to the minister (PDF 260KB)
Chapter 7 - The role of the minister (PDF 240KB)
Chapter 8 - International Humanitarian obligations (PDF 275KB)
Chapter 9 - Appropriateness of the minister's discretionary powers (PDF 246KB)
Report of Government Members (PDF 281KB)
Additional Comments - Senator Andrew Bartlett (PDF 158KB)
Appendix 1 - List of Submissions, Additional Information and Tabled Documents (PDF 143KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 91KB)
Appendix 3 - Sections 351 and 417 of the Migration Act 1958 (PDF 134KB)
Appendix 4 - Correspondence with Senator Vanstone and DIMIA over requests for case file and other information
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(PDF 884KB)
Appendix 5 - Migration Series Instructions 386 and 387
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(PDF 1070KB)
Appendix 6 - Section 417 Statements
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(PDF 419KB)

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