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Tuesday, 11 April 1961

Mr DOWNER (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - Our Dutch visitors are, as the honorable gentleman realizes, to be here for only a limited time, but I shall certainly make inquiries to see whether their itinerary may be broadened. So far as concerns Western Australia, of which State my honorable friend is such an adornment - as well as being such an enthusiast for immigration into Western Australia - I think that the honorable gentleman will realize that in the last few months the Commonwealth, in conjunction with the Government of Western Australia, has vigorously resumed immigration there with, I think it can be claimed, a real measure of success. All those who are coming into Western Australia at the present time are being almost instantly absorbed into the expanding economic life of that community. I shall see whether the Dutch investigators can go to Western Australia, but in any case I can assure my honorable friend that Western Australia will never be overlooked by this Government so far as the peopling of its vast spaces is concerned.

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