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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

1.   What are the classes of persons, not eligible for permanent residence, to which temporary permits to remain in Australia are granted?

2.   What are the particular requirements of an applicant for his acceptance as a member of a class to which he is related?

3.   Is there any class of persons which allows the acceptance of employees for temporary residence who are not eligible to remain permanently in Australia?

Mr Townley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The classes of persons admitted to Australia temporarily are -

Europeans and Non-Europeans -

(a)   tourist and business visitors;

(b)   students;

(c)   persons in neighbouring territories (e.g., Pacific Islands) requiring medical treatment not otherwise available, and seamen landed specially for medical treatment;

(d)   persons wishing to land in transit to other countries;

(e)   other persons desiring to enter Australia temporarily for special purposes, of such variety that no comprehensive list could be given, e.g., concert and theatrical artists, boxers, wrestlers, expert technicians under short-term contract to Australian firms, &c.

Non-Europeans -

(f)   merchants who will engage in overseas trade;

(g)   assistants to merchants and other Asian proprietors of businesses which, because of their distinctive character, require the services of Asian assistants;

(h)   wives and children (under sixteen years of age) of persons referred to in (f) and (g);

(i)   divers and other specialized personnel for the pearling industry;

(j)   servants accompanying diplomatic representatives of other countries and, in special circumstances, short-term visitors from Eastern countries.


(i)   Persons seeking temporary entry who would not be eligible as migrants are in general required to undergo the same screening as to health, character, &c., as is applied to migrants;

(ii)   Certain other requirements are common to all persons admitted temporarily, namely - evidence of authority to re-enter country of residence or to enter country of final destination; possession of ample funds for maintenance and onward or return transportation, where applicable;

(iii)   Further requirements in relation to each of the classes referred to in the answer to the first part of the question are, respectively -

(a)   the overseas post dealing with the application must be satisfied beyond doubt that the applicant is a genuine visitor and not an intending migrant;

(b)   the department must be satisfied that the student has been enrolled at an educational institution, that suitable accommodation has been arranged and, in the case of young children, that suitable arrangements for guardianship exist; other conditions are stipulated to ensure that the student is able to pursue the course he intends to take;

(c)   it must be shown that the treatment in Australia is necessary and has been definitely arranged;

(d)   it must be shown to the overseas post concerned, before transit vises are issued, that firm arrangements for onward movement at the earliest possible moment have been made;

(e)   the department must be satisfied that the stated objectives of the visit to Australia are genuine and that departure from Australia is guaranteed;

(f)   merchants must show that they are in a position to transact overseas trade between Australia and Eastern or Pacific territories to the value of at least £10,000 per annum;

(g)   the department must be satisfied that the services of an imported assistant are vital to the conduct of the business; also, in the case of a merchant seeking the admission of an assistant, his total annual trade must exceed £20,000 before his application may be considered; every possible precaution is taken to ensure that award conditions of employment will be met and that they continue to be met as long as the employee is in Australia;

(h)   the families of assistants admitted under (g) are admitted only if the husband is already in Australia and is employed in an executive capacity; it must be shown that suitable accommodation is available and that the husband is clearly in a position to support his family;

(i)   pearling operatives are admitted subject to a lengthy list of conditions; in particular, owners of the luggers on which the men are to be employed must guarantee their maintenance, and their repatriation at the end of their employment, and the operatives are not permitted to engage in work ashore during the lay-up season; in deciding upon the numbers to be admitted. the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industry, the State authorities (in the case of Western Australia) and the Administrator (in the case of the Northern Territory) are consulted;

(j)   diplomatic representatives are permitted to introduce Asian servants of their own nationality; short-term visitors from Eastern countries may bring a servant in special circumstances, e.g., where the religion of the visitor requires that he should have a particular kind of person to prepare his meals, &c., or where the visitor requires a servant to care for him because of poor health, or where the visitor is accompanied by a family of young children.

3.   See classes (e), (g), (i) and(j) as set out in the answer to the first and second parts of the question.

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