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Wednesday, 9 November 1938

Mr McEWEN - I think that I can say that I am aware that there is some apprehension in the minds of certain people with regard to the migration of aliens to Australia. It is with a knowledge that that apprehension exists that the Government has framed and administered its policy with regard to alien migration. I should be able to set at rest any apprehension that exists when I inform the honorable member that no alien may land in Australia without first securing, for himself as an individual, a permit to land in this country. Such permit is not issued until he has supplied many particulars with regard to himself, as to his character, health, financial standing, the amount of money he is able to bring with him, and the employment he proposes to engage in, or the avocation he proposes to follow, after his arrival in Australia. If the Minister is satisfied that his arrival in Australia will not be derogatory to the employment of any Australians and, after a very careful scrutiny of the particulars which I have briefly indicated, is convinced that the applicant is of a. desirable type, a permit to land is issued. As the responsible Minister administering Government policy in this respect, I am satisfied that there is no need for alarm as to the number of aliens coming into Australia at p resent, and that those granted permits are individuals of a desirable type.

Mr JENNINGS - Is it proposed to introduce legislation to provide for the registration of aliens this session?

Mr McEWEN - It has been announced on behalf of the Government that it is proposed to introduce a system of alien registration.

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