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Tuesday, 9 April 1957

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

1.   How many people born outside Australia have been convicted in this country of serious crimes, showing crimes of violence separately, in each of the last ten years?

2.   In how many of these cases was loss of life involved and what is the total of people who died?

3.   In how many instances was there any evidence of previous offences before the offender's arrival in Australia?

4.   How many cases of deportation followed the conviction of offenders, and did the enforced departure take place after the sentence imposed by Australian courts had been served?

5.   Have there been any other cases of deportation?

6.   If so, what was the number of persons affected in each of the last ten years, and what were the reasons for the action taken?

Mr Townley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. Such information as is available is contained in the reports by the Committee of me Immigration Advisory Council established to investigate conduct of migrants. Copies of the reports, presented in January, 1952, and November, 1955, have been sent separately to the honorable member. This committee comprised -

The Honorable Mr. Justice W. R. Dovey.

Mr. A.E. Monk, federal president, Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Mr. J.C. Neagle, C.B.E., then federal secretary, Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia.

Mrs. J.G. Norris, O.B.E., National Council of Women of Australia.

These reports establish unequivocally that the incidence rate of crime amongst aliens in Australia is considerably less than the incidence rate for the whole population.

4.   Between 1st January, 1946, and 31st December, 1956, 612 persons were deported as a result of convictions for crime. Such deportations do not take place until the State authorities are prepared to release the convicted person. It is the general rule that gaol sentence must be served before deportation.

5.   Yes.

6.   The following figures relate to deportations of-

(a)   Non-Europeans who arrived in Australia as evacuees, &c., during the war years;

(b)   Deserting seamen and other illegal entrants;

(c)   Persons who became inmates of public charitable institutions and mental asylums;

(d)   Persons who failed to comply with the conditions of their entry -


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