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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr LANG (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Minister for Immigration1 been directed to a British United Press message from Malta that the Maltese Minister for Migration, Mr. Cole, had strongly criticized the Maltese Settlers Association, which is promoting migration to Australia ? Is he aware of tho Maltese Minister's allegation that senior officers of the association had connexion with the Communists, and financial interests in Communist commercial enterprises? Will the Minister inform the House how many of the 500 Maltese migrants on Misr. now in Australian waters, had their passages arranged through the Maltese Settlers Association? Were steps- taken, prior to the departure " of the vessel, to make certain that Communists were not included among the migrants who were being accepted from Malta? Is membership of the Communist party regarded as a ground for refusing landing permits to migrants from Malta or any European country ?

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