Information about the inquiry

Inquiry into the provisions of the Migration Litigation Reform Bill 2005

Information about the inquiry

On 16 March 2005, the Senate referred the above Bill to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 May 2005.

The Bill seeks to amend the Migration Act 1958 and other legislation and aims to improve the overall efficiency of migration litigation.  Proposed reforms include: directing migration cases to the Federal Magistrates Court; ensuring identical grounds of review in migration cases; imposing uniform time limits; and amendments to improve court processes and deter unmeritorious applications.

Lodging Submissions

Submissions are called for by 1 April 2005. Submissions become Committee documents and are only made public after a decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of submissions is not covered by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance can be obtained by phoning the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.

The Committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form to Please ensure that a postal address and phone number is enclosed with all email submissions.

Submissions may also be faxed to (02) 6277 5794.

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For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794