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Notice given 25 September 2012

Senator Cash: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2222-2223)—

(1) Is the Minister aware that the former Maltese Minister for Immigration, Mr Alexander Cachia Zammit, in an article in the Times of Malta dated 21 January 2010, claimed that during his 1963 visit to Perth he did not meet with the Director of the Christian Brothers due to police investigations.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the former Minister stated that the Australian Government advised the Maltese Government of suspicions, causing the Maltese Government to cease sending Maltese children to Australia under the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 .

(3) Can any documents relating to the 1963 police investigation of Christian Brothers institutions in Western Australia in relation to child migrants be provided; if not, why not.

 

 (4) Can any advice given to the Government of Malta, which may have caused that Government to cease sending children to Australia under the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 , be provided; if not, why not.

2222 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

2223 Minister for Foreign Affairs