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Wednesday, 30 March 1966


Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) d asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

1.   How many migrants are expected to arrive in Western Australia during each of the next twelve months?

2.   Will there be sufficient holding accommodation of good standard available to meet the expected requirements; if not, what steps are being taken to overcome the shortage?


Mr Opperman (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Advance estimates of migrant arrivals are not made on a State by State basis. The latest figures) available from the Commonwealth Statistician show that 2,184 migrants arrived in Western Australia during the quarter ended 30th September 1.965. For the preceding three quarters arrivals were -

 

2.   A proportion of British assisted migrants amongst total arrivals will be entitled to transitory accommodation provided by the Commonwealth. There will be sufficient accommodation of good standard available for this purpose. Special efforts made to increase the flow of migrant workers to Western Australia have led to the Graylands Commonwealth Hostel recently being subjected to some temporary strain. As a result it has been necessary to arrange private accommodation for some migrants. Plans are in hand to increase the capacity of the hostel by 200 beds.







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