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Friday, 23 November 1979

Senator Mulvihill asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 19 November 1979:

(1)   How many letters of authority were issued in the period June 1978 to June 1979, to people entering Australia who were in possession of passports not recognised in Australia.

(2   ) From which countries did such people come.

Senator Guilfoyle - The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Statistics are not available since letters of authority form part of the total visa issue and are not separately recorded.

(2)   In relation to people holding passports not recognised by Australia the principal areas are China (Taiwan Province) and Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.

Letters of authority are issued also to the holders of the following travel documents:

(i)   passports issued by the former Royal Lao Government, prior to 2 February 1 976;

(ii)   documents issued by the former Khmer Republic, prior to 17 April 1975;

(iii)   documents issued by the former Republic of Vietnam, prior to 30 April 1975.

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