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Friday, 25 September 1970

Mr Daly asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Out of the amount pf $457,844 expended in 1969-70 under Division 330/4/08 (Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1970-71, page 48) how many Australians were assisted.

(2)   What are the details of this expenditure.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honour* able member's question is as follows:

The expenditure for 1969-70 shown underItem 330/4/08 of Appropriation Bill No.1 1970-71 covers two distinct immigration schemes -

(a)   the second passage assistance scheme; and lb) assistance to returning Australians scheme. It is assumed the honourable member's question refers to Australians assisted under the second of these schemes.

The amount of $457,844 incurred in 1969-70 is that combined total of amounts paid to carrier companies during that year on accounts received for 1,384 persons who departed for Australia under both schemes. Accounts are received and puid by overseas offices of this Department and the detail of expenditure available in Australia does not enable a dissection of these figures which would readily isolate the amount paid specifically for persons returning under the returning Australians scheme.

However, the actual arrivals in Australia under each scheme in 1969-70 were:

(a)   second passage assistance scheme . . 1 , 508

(b)   assistance to returning Australians scheme . '. .. .. .. 174

Total . . . . ... 1,682

Assuming that the numbers paid for in 1969-70 were divided between the two schemes in the same proportion as the arrivals, the number of returning Australians assisted from the amount of $457,844 would be 143.

The average expenditure per movement in these two schemes paid for in 1969-70 was $331. Against this however should be offsetthe contribution of $180 towards passage costs made by each migrant of 19 years and over (credited to Revenue, Department of. Immigration - Miscellaneous). On the pattern of age groups in the total arrivals during 1969-70, 49 per cent of persons travelling under these schemes would have made the $180 contribution, i.e. an average of $88 per person moved. This would reduce the average cost per person to $243. Calculatedon ihe basis of 143 movements, the net cost for returning Australians paid for in 1969-70 would be approximately $35,000.

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