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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3677


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Do Australian Ambassadors and High Commissioners represent Australia independently of the Government which from time to time may be in office.


Mr Peacock (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Foreign Affairs) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In formal terms, the letters signed by the Queen accrediting an individual as Australian Ambassador to a foreign country ask that the Head of State of the receiving country give credence to all that the Ambassador shall say in the Queen's name. Australian Ambassadors therefore formally represent the Queen of Australia. The same is true of Australian High Commissioners, except in the case of High Commissioners in countries whose Head of State is the Queen. In such cases, because it would be inappropriate for the Queen to address a letter to herself, letters of introduction are signed by the Australian Prime Minister of the day and addressed to the Prime Minister of the receiving country. These letters ask that credence be given to all that the High Commissioner may communicate in the name of the Australian Government.

In practice, of course, all Australian Ambassadors and High Commissioners direct their advice to and act on instructions from the Australian Government of the day. Australian Ambassadors and High Commissioners are regarded by the countries to which they are accredited as representing and acting on behalf of the Australian Government ofthe day.

Students from Thailand (Question No. 1330)


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affair, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) Government-sponsored and (b) private students from Thailand are now studying in Australia.

(2)   How many in each category are due to complete thenstudies in 1976.


Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) According to currently available statistics there are-

(a)   210 Government-sponsored students; and

(b)   366 private students from Thailand studying in Australia

(2)   Of these it is expected that-

(a)   135 Government-sponsored; and

(   b ) 59 private students will complete their studies in 1 976.

Students from Vietnam and Cambodia (Question No. 1364)


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) Government-sponsored and (b) private students from (i) Vietnam and (ii) Cambodia were studying in Australia in April 1975.

(2)   To how many, and at what cost, have living allowances been provided from the special fund established in May 1975 during (a) 1975 and (b) 1976.

(3)   How many completed their studies in 1975.

(4)   How many still live in Australia.


Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) In April 1975 there were in Australia

(a)   327 Government-sponsored students from Vietnam and 69 Government-sponsored students from Cambodia; and

(b)   129 private students from Vietnam and 27 private students from Cambodia.

(2)   My Department has been informed by the Department of Education that living allowances were provided from the special fund during 1975 to 134 students, amounting to $ 1 9 1 , 59 1 . In 1 976 allowances were paid to 87 students and to the end of October these amounted to $ 104,055. It is estimated that payments will amount to$ 1 30,069 for the full calendaryear 1976.

(3)   32.

(4)   Of the students referred to in part ( 1 ) above, 203 have been granted resident status in Australia and applications for resident status for an additional 58 are currently under consideration. A further 151 are continuing their studies and hold temporary entry permits. The individual situation of the remaining 140 students is not currently known, but none of them has been required to leave Australia and any student who has left would have done so from choice.







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