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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr SPEAKER - Order! These interjections are disorderly.

Mr DOWNER - It seems that honorable members opposite do not wish to hear what I have to say.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The Minister for Immigration has the floor.

Mr DOWNER - So far as migrants from South Africa are concerned, the Government has for some time now had a phase of attraction which we describe as our general assisted passage scheme, under which the Commonwealth pays approximately half of the fare to Australia which, in exact terms, is £71 8s. 6d., for approved migrants from South Africa. Since my honorable friend from Ryan has raised this subject, he and the House might be interested to know that the volume of applications and, indeed, of migrants from South Africa who have entered Australia has increased quite sharply and indeed very noticeably in the last three years.

Mr Haylen - Sharply, after Menzies's speech!

Mr SPEAKER - Order!

Mr DOWNER - I should have thought that the honorable member for Parkes could be expected to listen to what I have to say instead of making such a flood of commentary, because this is a matter of some importance to the House. To show the honorable member for Ryan the increasing number of people who are coming to Australia from South Africa I inform him that, if my memory is not faulty, in 1958 a total of 379 South Africans came to Australia, in 1959 the figure had risen to 579, and in the year 1960 no fewer than 1,390 came to these shores. As to the future, Mr. Speaker, I do not think that at this stage, when so many matters resulting from South Africa's projected withdrawal from the Commonwealth have yet to be determined, it would be very profitable for the Government to announce any change in its present policy towards recruitment of immigrants from South Africa.

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