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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr GULLETT (HENTY, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the

Minister for Immigration a ' question regarding the- .possibility of obtaining migrants from among the troops of the Polish Army who, since the beginning of World War II. fought on the side of the Allies beside Empire troops and on many occasions, in close co-operation with Australian troops. As some 90,000 of those troops are unwilling to return to their home-land under its present system of government, and taking into account that most of them are of fine types, will the Minister make special efforts toattract them to Australia as migrants, and offer them assisted passages?

Mr CALWELL - The admission of Polish troops to the Commonwealth has been under notice on several occasions. To date, the Commonwealth Government has not decided to admit any Polish troops or any troops of any former allied power. Our primary concern is to i bring to Australia the fiancees of servicemen, numbering 800, and .stranded Australians numbering between . 4,000 and 5,000, and' then British ex-servicemen who wish to come here with their dependants. Our preference is given to British ex-servicemen and their dependants, and after that, to British civilians and their dependants. For the former class, free passages will be provided, and to the latter class, assisted passages will be granted. I cannot promise the honorable member that before the elections are held. I shall consider providing assisted passages for Poles or any other Allied peoples. That matter will have to await my attention after the elections.

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