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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2418

(Question No. 401)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 5 October 1983:

(1) How many ASIO officers are employed in countries overseas as Immigration officers.

(2) In what countries are they located.

(3) Which department pays the salaries of these officers.

(4) For what purpose are they employed.

(5) What is the total cost of (a) salaries; and (b) other expenses of employing these officers.


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

1, 2 and 5 (a) As part of Australia's migration screening program, a small number of ASIO officers is assigned to migration posts abroad. These officers are declared to the appropriate authorities of the host countries and are responsible to the senior migration officer en poste, and through him to the Head of Mission. Liasion arrangements with Foreign Security Services is sanctioned by the Attorney-General under s. 19 (c) of the ASIO Act 1979.

(3) Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.

(4) To engage in the security screening function, an approved integral part of the migration selection process, and general intelligence liaison.

(5b) Allowances as per Public Service Officers of equivalent rank at respective overseas posts and ancillary movement costs.