The Senate has voted 33 to 29 in favour of Senator Kristina Keneally's motion to establish an inquiry into the privatisation of the visa system and other Government services.

Senator Keneally moved on 1 August 2019:

I move the motion as amended:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 October 2019:

The impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of Government programs, with particular reference to:

(a) the privatisation of Australia's visa and citizenship program, including:

 

(i) the integrity of Australia's visa and citizenship system,
(ii) the commercial implications and increased costs to industry, with particular regard for the tourism and higher education sectors,
(iii) the implications to national security, data security and privacy, and
(iv) the risk to public sector employment – especially rural and regional employment – through service delivery model changes...

It will be interesting to see how this matter progresses and we will keep you updated.  Watch this space.

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