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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr WHITE (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) - I have received a letter from a resident in my electorate who recently returned from Great Britain to Australia with his wife and two daughters on Orbita. He complains that the fare of £109 sterling for each passenger was exorbitant, the accommodation on the vessel bad, the food poor, and the conveniences filthy and inadequate and that there was general overcrowding. Is the Minister for Immigration aware of these complaints about conditions on Orbita, and if so, does he believe that conditions of that kind will encourage migrants to come to Australia? In the circumstances does not the honorable gentleman believe that a portion of the passage money should be refunded to the people concerned, and that an officer should be sent from Australia House. London, to inspect such vessels before they sail from the United Kingdom?

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