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Tuesday, 22 November 1938


Mr BLAIN (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - In view of the fact that Canada has exact information as to the manner in which the Nordic races are being pushed off the land, by the Southern European, will the Minister for the Interior have investigations made to ascertain to what degree the Nordic population of Australia is being pushed out of primary production by aliens ?


Mr McEWEN - The Commonwealth Government has never had any reason to believe that aliens are affecting the employment of Australians in primary industries, other than in certain obvious and definite cases, namely, in the sugar industry in Queensland, and in two irrigation areas, one in New South Wales, and one in Victoria. Investigations were made in Queensland, with the result that it was announced some months ago that no further permits would be issued to aliens to migrate to Australia for the purpose of taking employment in the sugargrowing areas. More recently, inquiries have been made as to the position in the Leeton irrigation area in New South Wales. The result of that investigation did not disclose necessity for action. I have decided, as the result of an investigation into the positions at Shepparton and Werribee, in Victoria, to grant no further permits, for the time being, to aliens, other than to dependent relatives of aliens already in Australia, who propose to take up land or to take employment in those districts.







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