Wednesday March 8 2006 13:00pm WST
For Immediate Release
"Perhaps the Minister for Immigration should clarify and tell the Australian public who the Migration Agent was who was jailed two weeks ago after being convicted in the NSW District Court for supplying false information to support protection claims or to back up refugee claims," WA Rights group Project SafeCom said this morning.
A report by Australian Associated Press today states that Mr Andrew Robb, Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, "was speaking at a ceremony today to launch the Graduation Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice, which he said would raise the standard of those entering the profession."
Mr Robb reportedly also related to his audience that
"...the first custodial sentence for a migration agent was handed down by the NSW District Court two weeks ago. The man was sentenced to a maximum of two and a half years of periodic detention for providing false documentation for protection visa applicants."
"This conviction has not been reported by any media outlets, as far as we can assess, but within the context of the ongoing saga of DIMIA trouble and the shonky level of operations within DIMIA, a statement by the Minister, both outlining what was supplied, and whether any refugee assessment has been adversely affected and whether this situation for those refugees has now been corrected, and whether any 'damage' to the good name of the person(s) concerned has resulted, should have been given publicly," spokesman Jack H Smit said.
"Why did we not hear from the Minister in response to this conviction?"
For more information:
Jack H Smit
Project SafeCom Inc.
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