14 November 2008

Evans meets with Indonesian Minister to discuss immigration cooperation

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Senator Chris Evans met with His Excellency, Mr Andi Mattalatta, Minister of Law and Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia in Canberra yesterday to discuss immigration issues between the two countries.

Minister Mattalatta is in Australia for the Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Forum, and met with Senator Evans to discuss improvements to immigration cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.

"There is continued enthusiasm for Australia and Indonesia to continue to work cooperatively to combat the people smuggling threat," Senator Evans said. 

"This has been clearly demonstrated through the prevention of several recent people smuggling attempts in Indonesia."

The new measures discussed by the Ministers included funding the border movement alert system (CEKAL) in Indonesia to better detect people smuggling into Australia and regulate Australian immigration.  The Ministers also discussed the provision of further funding for the Bali Process for people smuggling initiatives.

Senator Evans thanked the Indonesian government for its continued efforts in regulating people movement between the two countries and ensuring the safe movement of lawful travellers.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their Australian visa application.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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