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Wednesday, 8 May 1957

Mr TOWNLEY - The honorable member's so-called facts are all wrong. The pertinent statistics show that permanent arrivals in Australia have been of the order of 1,150,000, of whom 950,000 have come from northern Europe, and 550,000 have been British nationals. This country receives more British immigrants than Canada and New Zealand put together.

Mr Ward - We lose more, too!

Mr TOWNLEY - The honorable member for East Sydney has probably been misled by the Commonwealth Statistician's figures. The Statistician puts down under departures every one who goes overseas for a period of twelve months or more. For instance, a doctor may be going-

Mr Whitlam - And " arrivals " include those who have been abroad and are returning.

Mr TOWNLEY - They do not. If the honorable member will examine the Commonwealth Statistician's figures he will see at the bottom of the page a caution that the figures are not meant to be applied to immigration. The department has information showing that though about 6 per cent, of British immigrants have returned to the United Kingdom, a substantial number of these have either come back or are now applying for permission to come back.

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