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Visa Privatisation the New 'Robodebt'

October 30, 2019

ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN


The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has warned that the Morrison Government's plan to privatise Australia's visa system could lead to another "robodebt' debacle.

The CPSU says that the private operator will have "immense discretion" to determine who is issued a visa to come to Australia.

The private provider's algorithims will likely determine if a person's identity is verified, if they have health conditions, a partner of child or if they have a satisfactory level of English.

Does anyone really think it's a good idea to outsource the system that controls who comes to Australia?

A former senior Immigration Department executive also recently warned of "immense" risks from outsourcing of visa processing.

A similar privatisation scheme in the United Kingdom has prompted a strong backlash - with lawyers and MP's calling for an investigation into the private scheme that rips off migrants and allows big companies to reap millions.

We must not allow this to happen here - privatising Australia's visa system must be stopped.

The Senate Inquiry into the controversial privatisation proposal is set to hold hearings on Friday.

The Morrison Government is expected to announce the preferred tenderer for the $1 billion visa system in the coming days.

Labor strongly opposes Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton's scheme to privatise Australia's visa system.

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA