STILL NO NEWS OR PLAN FOR IMMIGRATION AT BELCONNEN
As the wait for news about the Department of Immigration’s future in Belconnen stretches into its 45th week, it is becoming increasingly clear the Abbott Government actually has no idea what to do with the department.
This week I received correspondence from Minister Peter Dutton linking Immigration’s future to the Abbott Government’s wider review of long-term public service accommodation requirements in Canberra. This suggests that eight months after the tender for new offices closed, the Government is still unable to commit to keeping Immigration in Belconnen.
This morning our Labor team held a street stall in the Belconnen Town Centre to talk with local workers and business owners. There is a real sense of anger and frustration in the community about this being kept on hold for so long.
It is typical of a Liberal Government to treat public servants and the Canberra community with such callous indifference.
The decision should be simple: the Department of Immigration must stay in Belconnen. The government likes to talk about small business, but all it has done since coming to office is to place Belconnen small businesses in limbo.
FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2015
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