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Wednesday, 10 June 1970

Mr COHEN (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Prime Minister aware that the basic reasons for the introduction of Australia's excellent immigration policy by the Chifley Labor Government in 1946 and continued by successive Liberal governments, are considered by many people to be no longer applicable to Australia in the 1970s? Does he realise that vast population increase, once considered highly desirable, is now being questioned due to the pressures it places on education, health and social welfare services, housing and land prices and the consequent diminution in the quality of life that over-crowded cities have on our environment? Will his Government bring down a white paper on immigration so that a cost-benefit evaluation of assisted immigration, now estimated at being between $500m and SI, 000m. can be made?

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