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Tuesday, 10 November 1953

Mr HOLT - In view of the action already taken by the Department of Immigration, in consultation with the Australian Council of Trades Unions, under which suitable people have been sent overseas for the purpose of selecting immigrants, _ I cannot accept the statement that immigrants from Germany brought to this country as recognized tradesmen are totally unsuitable for work in. those trades here. Generally speaking; we have had very little difficulty in: placing, in. appropriate unions! tradesmen who have, been selected in, this1 way.. I believe that it is generally realized, that, the standard of skill of tradesmen in Germany is very high indeed. If the honorable member has any particular cases inmind, I shall be pleased if he- will bring them to my notice so that I may examine them and ascertain whether I nan- take any further action.

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