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Christopher Levingston

Christopher Levingston

Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer
Convenor of Migration Alliance Inc

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Nino Bucci, a reporter at the ABC is working on a story regarding immigration from Malaysia.

If you are aware of any interesting cases involving Malaysia, particularly the ETA system, he can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visa encrypted email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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I recently gave some evidence before the Joint Standing committee about CPD.

https://migrationalliance.com.au/immigration-daily-news/entry/2018-07-transcript-from-public-hearing-on-efficacy-of-current-regulation-of-australian-migration-agents.html 

I think that CPD serves a number of important functions which include the following:

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Leesha McKenny from SBS is interested to hear from practitioners who may have experienced problems with the quality of the services provided by some interpreters  at the AAT and in the Courts.

I think it is fair to say that interpreters do a difficult job but if you run into an interpreter who is not properly interpreting the questions that are asked and the answers given it can create problems for the client who may then be cast as a person whose evidence is unreliable.

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It appears that Home Affairs has been sitting on Citizenship Applications hoping hope against hope that the foreshadowed changes to the Citizenship Act will eventually make its way across the line.

It appears that the backlog is now running at 120,000 unresolved applications. (as at April 2017)

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