1.1        On 9 August 2006, the Senate referred the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 September 2006.

1.2        The Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006 proposes to amend the Migration Act 1958 to:

1.3        The Bill revives some of the provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002 (see Schedules 1, 2, 5 and 6 of that Bill), on which the committee has previously reported.[2]

Conduct of the inquiry

1.4        The committee advertised the inquiry in The Australian newspaper on 16 and 30 August 2006, and invited submissions by 21 August 2006. Details of the inquiry, the Bill, and associated documents were placed on the committee's website. The committee also wrote to 10 organisations and individuals.

1.5        The committee received 4 submissions which are listed at Appendix 1. Submissions were placed on the committee's website for ease of access by the public.


1.6        The committee thanks those organisations and individuals who made submissions.

Note on references

1.7        References in this report are to individual submissions as received by the committee, not to a bound volume.

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