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Motion: Migrant Workers

Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (15:47): I move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   temporary and migrant workers make a significant contribution to the Australian economy and Australian society,

      (ii)   the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1990, and

      (iii)   the Convention's provisions protect the human rights of migrant workers and shield them from unconscionable exploitation; and

   (b)   calls on the Government to:

      (i)   ensure that temporary migrant workers who come to Australia receive settlement assistance, language training and culturally appropriate services,

      (ii)   institute a rigorous program of inspection and enforcement to ensure that the conditions and pay migrant workers receive are fair and meet the legal requirements, and

      (iii)   show its commitment to leading the world in the protection of the rights of migrant workers by immediately ratifying the Convention.


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