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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr CALWELL - The Maltese Settlers. Association is an insignificant little body that functions only in Sydney. I believe that nearly all the persons associated with it were members of the Lang party at one time, and- 1 have had no dealings with them. I deal only with the Commissioner for Malta in Australia, Captain Curmi in matters affecting . the migration of Maltese to this country. The Maltese Minister for Immigration, Mr. Cole, visited Australia last year, and was accorded the privilege of a seat on the floor of this chamber. 1 had many discussions with Mr. Cole about the types and trade qualifications of Maltese who should come to Australia. Security and all other relevant matters were discussed. The Maltese who desire to come to Australia are nominated by their relatives and friends. No nominations are made through the Maltese Settlers Association. I am perfectly satisfied that the security measures taken by this Government in respect of Communists, non-Communists or any other person coming to this country are all that can be desired. No Communist is allowed to enter Australia if there is the slightest justification for believing that he might engage in subversive activities that would endanger the security of the country.

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