Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 1 May 1957

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

1.   Are there to-day in Japan some hundreds of illegitimate children of Japanese mothers and former members of the Australian occupation forces?

2.   Are these half-caste children and their mothers being publicly ostracized and are they outcasts in their own country?

3.   As a result, are these mothers finding it difficult to obtain means of livelihood for themselves and their children?

4.   Does the Commonwealth Government regard itself as having some responsibility in this matter?

5.   If so, what plans has it evolved to assist these innocent victims of warfare?

Sir Philip McBride (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   While there are illegitimate children of Japanese mothers and former members of the Australian forces who served in the Occupation Force in Japan or with the Austraiian component of ihe United Nations forces in Korea, I ara informed it is an exaggeraion to say that these number some hundreds. A report by an army chaplain who had eight years' service in Japan indicates that the number would not exceed 40.

2.   I am unable to comment.

3.   I am unable to comment other than to say I am informed that a number of private orphanages have been set up since the surrender to care for illegitimate children of foreign servicemen and the children admitted to them arc well cared for. 4 and 5. The matter involves a question of policy which has not been determined by thu Government.

Suggest corrections