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Business and opposition senators question urgency for Immigration Amendment Bill

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 3:24 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: At today’s Senate Meeting, the Immigration Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced.

Business Senator, Mark Lizarraga explained that during the sittings of the Senate Special Select committee, there were many underlining issues that needed to be corrected and many that needed to be strengthened to allow for an effectively operational Immigration Department before the bill is passed.

Lizarraga explained that none of the people interviewed by the Senate Committee expressed any urgency for the particular legislation to be passed.  He stated that it is the first time, he is seeing the need for it.

Lizarraga, as well as Senator Valerie Woods, questioned the urgency for creating or providing temporary residency to investors. He also questioned if it was in an effort to attract more investment.

“ Do we need to have this to facilitate present investors for banking purposes? What is the matter and why is it being pushed?” he queried.

Lizarraga pointed out that everybody else is waiting for the Senate Special Select committee to make recommendations. He told the meeting that he was baffled at the presenting of the bill and the urgency in doing so.

Senator Eamon Courtenay also stood up and explained that the bill must be seen in the context of the on going inquiry established by the Senate. Courtenay said that as a matter of policy, it is important to know what is driving the bill and what is driving it now.


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