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Wednesday, 7 July 1920

Mr CONSIDINE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

Whether he will inform the House as to whether or not citizens of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic now resident in the Commonwealth are free to depart from the Commonwealth?

Mr. POYNTON.Sofar as the Australian Government is concerned, there is nothing to prevent Russians from leaving Australia. The Home and Territories Department, or State Collectors of Customs on their behalf, will issue permits which will serve instead of passports as authority for them to leave Australia. No charge is made for these permits. It is understood, however, that shipping companies are reluctant to convey Russians to ports abroad unless they have definite assurances that Russians will be permitted to land at those ports.

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