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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Immigration: Will he table or publish the texts of immigration agreements between Australia and the United Kingdom, Italy, West Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Malta, Greece and any other countries with which we have agreements? Will he table or publish also the texts of the rulings of the Department of Immigration on the numbers and categories of immigrants? I ask this question of the right honorable gentleman because our immigration policy is administrative, not statutory, as in the United States of America, and. accordingly, it is difficult for members of the public to discover and for members of the Parliament to advise, to take examples, why Australian residents of Greek or Yugoslav race can secure the admission of dependent relatives alone, whilst residents of Italian race are not so restricted; or again, why the Government subsidizes the immigration of some British subjects from the United Kingdom, or Malta and does not subsidize the immigration of British subjects who are resident in other countries of Europe. Will the right honorable gentleman consider furnishing this information in the department's monthly publication, " The Good Neighbour ", or in the department's quarterly " Statistical Bulletin "?

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