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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr BRUCE (LEICHHARDT, QUEENSLAND) - I preface a question to the Minister for Immigration by stating that, when I was in north Queensland recently, a new Australian - an Italian - suggested to me that the Immigration Act should contain a section requiring intending immigrants to be able to speak English in order to qualify for entry into this country, and that such provision would ensure the bringing out of. a better class of immigrants and would save the Australian Government a great deal of. expense in trying to teach English to immigrants after they had arrived here. Will the. Minister consider the advisability of including such provision in the Immigration Act?

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