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Thursday, 9 December 1965


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   In what circumstances are Australian citizens from Australian overseas territories required to secure permits and/or enter into bonds before they visit or settle in Australia?

2.   How many permits have been (a) sought and (b) granted in respect of each territory in the last year and, where the permits were temporary, what was the average period of the permits?

3.   How many bonds have been required in respect of each territory in the last year, and what was the average amount of the bonds?


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

The requirements to secure permits and/or enter into bonds before Australian citizens leave the territories on journeys to Australia are as follows -

1.   Except m respect of Papua and New Guinea, Australian citizens from Australian overseas territories are not required to secure permits and/or to enter into bonds before they leave the Territory. Papuans are the only Australian citizens living in overseas territories who are required to obtain permits and enter into bonds before journeying to Australia. Permits and bonds are also required in respect of indigenes from New Guinea before they travel to Australia. These persons are Australian Protected Persons.

2.   Of the 952 indigenes from Papua and New Guinea who travelled to Australia in the twelve months ending 30th September 1965, 621 left the Territory under exemption, i.e. without the necessity of securing permits or lodging bonds to leave the Territory. The remaining 331 indigenes were required to obtain permits and lodge the prescribed bonds of £100 per person. One permit was refused. Separate records were not kept of the numbers of Papuans but it is estimated that they would number about one-third. All permits were for temporary stay in Australia, i.e. they were for a stated period. A calculation of the average period of permits would present some difficulty as the time involved may vary from a weekend for some sporting or social occasion, to a number of years, e.g. students.

3.   331 bonds were given for indigenes from Papua and New Guinea. The separate figures of bonds for Papuans is not available but it is estimated that about one-third, or 110 were for Papuans. No bonds were required for people from the other Territories. Each bond was in the amount of £100.







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